PREVIEW: Laura Mvula @ Institute, Tues Oct 8th

Laura Mvula

Local girl Laura Mvula has had quite a 2013. Releasing her debut album, Sing to the Moon, in March, to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, she went on to perform a memorable set at Glastonbury; just one date on a busy summer schedule that included dates all over Europe, as well as selected spots in North America and Japan.

Now back on familiar shores, Mvula plays a homecoming show tomorrow night (October 8th) at the Institute, her first Birmingham show since an intimate set at the Glee Club in May.

2013 has been a surprising year for the 26 year-old Brummie, to whom being catapulted into the limelight was never on any agenda if any one of the numerous interviews in mainstream press are to believed. But with the success of debut single ‘She’, Mvula found herself finishing fourth in the BBC’s Sound Of 2013 poll and a runner-up in the Brits’ Critics Choice Award. Now Sing to the Moon has received the coveted Mercury Music Prize nomination and her star continues to rise.

Support on the night comes from Peruvian born Bristolian Beth Rowley. Rowley is no stranger to big name support slots, and can count David Gray, Tom Baxter and Duke Special amongst her previous touring mates.

Mvula and Rowley will also be joined by Peter & Kerry, two solo artists who used a break in label commitments to write and record an EP over a few days which was met with such critical acclaim upon its release that they decided to stay together to tour it.


Laura Mvula plays Birmingham Institute on Tuesday the 8th October, with tickets still available. Matthew Osborne will be there for a Birmingham Review.

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