Emeli Sandé talks about new album and intimate UK tour

Scots pop star Emeli Sandé has announced her most intimate shows in years, kicking off in Glasgow and then playing in her hometown of Aberdeen, before moving onto Manchester and then culminating at London’s beautifully iconic St John at Hackney.

Speaking about the tour, the Read All About It hitmaker says, “I really wanted to reconnect with my fans on an intimate level – it’s been a really long time, so much has happened and these small shows felt like the perfect way to catch up.”

The bequiffed singer’s mini tour comes hot on the heels of Sandé stunning new comeback single, Hurts , which was launched last week. The track, which is gaining heaps of radio airplay, is the first song to be released from her hugely-anticipated sophomore album, Long Live The Angels.

Sandé, who headlined a free concert at Edinburgh Castle to celebrate the visit of the London 2012 Olympic torch, debuted Hurts on Radio One’s Live Lounge (listen below) alongside a reworked rendition of Heaven, chart-topping single Read All About It and a jaw-dropping cover of Rihanna’s Four Five Seconds.

“I made sure the production wasn’t overworked,” says the 29-year-old, who recorded her second album in New York, LA, London and Oxford. “And I really went for it vocally!”

Long Live The Angels, she adds, marks a brand new chapter in her life:  “I’m proud of my first album and thankful for the experiences it gave me, but I’m so much happier with my new album and with where I am in life.”

The singer, who was raised in Aberdeenshire before going on to study medicine at the University of Glasgow, says it’s been a “long journey” to get to the point where the follow up to Our Version Of Events is ready to go.

“The album title has changed, the songs have changed. When you write a new song, you have to decide what to take off.”

Sandé compared the album process to a game of Snakes and Ladders where “even if you fall eight steps, you’re slowly climbing at the same time”.

Tour Dates

2nd October– Oran Mor – Glasgow

3rd October – The Tunnels – Aberdeen

5th October – Gorilla – Manchester

6th October  – St John at Hackney– London

12th October   – People’s Place – Amsterdam

13th October  – Flow – Paris

17th October – Lido – Berlin

20th October – Nalen – Stockholm

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