22.03.2019 news

Nilüfer Yanya Releases Debut Album, Miss Universe

The rapturous debut from the British singer-songwriter takes adventurous pop-rock crucibles to new heights with her illusory songwriting and stunning voice.” –Pitchfork (8.3, Best New Music)


“Her voice is the center of the galaxy” Wall Street Journal


“A true original” -The Guardian


On her debut album, Miss Universe, Yanya has pulled one more trick from her sleeve: crafting an entire world unto herself.” –NPR (First Listen)



Yanya oozes starpower” -MTV


“Innovative and striking pop euphoria … every track sends shivers down the spine” –CLASH (9/10)


Listen to Miss Universe HERE


The ambitious and compelling debut album from Nilüfer Yanya, Miss Universe, arrives today on ATO Records. Already the album has seen early acclaim from a vast number of publications including an NPR First ListenBest New Musicfrom Pitchfork (8.3), rave reviews from Wall Street JournalMTV NewsThe Guardian (Album of the Week), The Independent, MOJO, Stereogum (Album of the Week), Line of Best Fit (Album of the Week), Uncut, Q, Vinyl Me Please, Loud & Quiet, DIY, The Skinny, Dork, Exclaim!, CLASH, All Music and more.


Upon release in January, the album’s first single “In Your Head” was proclaimed one of NPR’s “20 Best Songs We Heard for January”, a Sunday Times Culture ‘Hottest Track’, one of The Guardian’s ‘50 Great Tracks For February’ and landed in The FADER’s ‘20 best rock songs right now’ playlist – setting the tone for what’s still to come with the release of Miss Universe. Second single “Tears” was featured on Beats 1 Radio’s Zane Lowe as a World First, flaunting the album’s poppier side and launching the song into regular radio rotation in the UK. Largely recorded in the same remote Penzance studio she used to jam in with her uncle Joe – a former musician himself – Miss Universe features co-productions with both her former school guitar teacher The Invisible’s Dave Okumu and her live bandmates Jazzi Bobbiand Luke Bower, as well as producers John Congleton, Oli Barton-Wood, Will Archer and M.T. Hadley.


2019 started in whirlwind fashion with Nilufer touring across North America in January and February with Sharon Van Etten. At the end of March, Nilüfer will embark on her biggest U.K., Europe and Turkey headlining tour to date. Following that, she will head back to the US for her first US headlining tour including a stop at NYC’s Rough Trade on July 23. Tickets for that show are currently on-sale HEREall other shows will be on-sale on March 29th.


 See Nilüfer Yanya on tour in 2019: 

March 28 – Istanbul, Turkey @ Babylon

April 3 – Glasgow, Scotland @ CCA

April 4 – Manchester, UK @ YES

April 5 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club

April 6 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny

April 8 – Leicester, UK @ O2 Academy Leicester University

April 9 – London, UK @ Evolutionary Arts Hackney

April 11 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds

April 12 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla

April 13 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy Oxford

April 14 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt

April 16 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Bitterzoet

April 17 – Hamburg, GER @ Nochtwache

April 18 – Berlin, GER @ Kantine am Berghain

April 19 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Motel Mozaique

April 21 – Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea Club

April 22 – Munich, GER @ Ampere

April 24 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Exil

April 25 – Koln, GER @ Blue Shell

April 26 – Paris, FRA @ Le Point Ephemere

April 29 – Brussels, BEL @ Les Nuits Botanique Festival

April 30 – Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Merleyn

May 1 – Utrecht, Holland @ ACU

June 1 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound

July 19-21 – Melt! Festival, Germany

July 23 – New York, NY @ Rough Trade

July 24 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall

July 30 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

July 31 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village

August 1 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups

August 2 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx

August 3 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

August 8-12 – Belle & Sebastian Boaty Weekender

August 15-18 – Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, Wales

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