SUPPORTING MATILDA MANN ON TOUR THIS SPRING
HEADLINES THE COURTYARD THEATRE, LONDON THIS MAY
“One thing is for sure: April Lawlor has star appeal.”★★★★ NME
Irish alt-pop artist April (she/her) has today announced a new headline show at The Courtyard Theatre in London on May 24th, tickets are on now from www.gigsandtours.com.
Last week, April shared new single ‘Hotel’ today, a candid reflection on love, possession and escapism, partially inspired by a flight to London. April has also been announced to support London’s Matilda Mann on her UK national tour this Spring, full dates below. ‘Hotel’ follows April’s 2021 singles ‘Piece of Me’ and ‘Someone That I Made’, her first new music since joining forces with Atlantic Records UK.
In April’s words, “I wrote ‘Hotel’ about feeling bad for hurting other people, being selfish in my personal relationships and my own bad habits. I’ve always been a very obsessive person and want things all to myself, so the whole idea of booking a hotel and being alone with someone and having them all to yourself is a play on that feeling. I wrote the second verse as a poem when I was on a flight to London – the sun was rising and it was so pretty, I actually did cry. The song was made with producer RISC, I sat behind him and the entire song spilled out of me, it’s a really special one.
Breaking onto the scene in 2020, her first two EPs and standout singles like ‘The Impossible Task of Feeling Complete’ and ‘Forever (To Feel Like Tonight)’ announced April’s arrival as a fresh new voice from the Irish scene. Her clever pop hooks and intimate vocals captured listeners and critics alike, earning accolades including a 4-star EP review from NME, three features as BBC Radio 1’s ‘Chillest Record In The World’, and a feature on Alfie Templeman’s song ‘One More Day.’
April’s introduction came in late 2019 after her Soundcloud demos – recorded and uploaded in the same day – gained powerful word-of-mouth momentum. Her first EP New Conditions was released in early 2020 right as lockdown hit, an experience she embraced as an opportunity to adapt. Second EP Luna is a testament to this, with its four tracks crafted entirely via a series of Zoom calls between April, Fred Macpherson and rising Irish rapper Kojaque. As her experiences have expanded, so too has her sonic direction, inspired largely by her current inspirations which she cites as FKA twigs, King Princess, Charli XCX and The 1975. Moving between Ireland and London, April’s exposure to different people, places, and creative scenes will no doubt leave their mark, and set in motion a pivotal upcoming year for the young artist, further bolstered by her signing to Atlantic Records UK.
APRIL – LIVE DATEHeadline: May 24 | London | The Courtyard Theatre Supporting Matilda Mann: March 30 | Brighton | Komedia March 31 | Bristol | The Louisiana April 1 | Leeds | Hyde Park Book Club April 2 | Glasgow | The Poetry Club April 4 | Manchester | Deaf Institute April 5 | London | EartH Hackney Other dates: May 1 | Liverpool | Sound City July 22 | Oxfordshire | Truck Festival July 24 | Sheffield | Tramlines Festival
My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.