KT Tunstall announces Mandela Hall show
Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall is pleased to announce a return to Belfast shores with a headline show at Mandela Hall on 30th October 2016.
Following a packed Belsonic performance in August, KT Tunstall is due to release her fifth studio album in September of this year. Two years ago, KT Tunstall thought she was done with music. Not done as in she’d never again play guitar or sing, but done playing professionally, at least for the foreseeable future. “As an artist I feel like I died,” she says. “I stopped. I gave up. I didn’t want to do it anymore.”
It had been ten years since she’d released her multi-platinum debut, Eye To The Telescope (2004), and twenty-some years since she started playing gigs as a teenager back home in St. Andrews, Scotland. She’d lived a decade in obscurity and a decade in the brightest of limelights, releasing three more critically acclaimed albums – Drastic Fantastic (2007,) Tiger Suit (2010,) and Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon (2013) – playing everywhere from the rooftops of splashy Las Vegas hotels to the Giants Stadium; been nominated for a Grammy, won a BRIT and the Ivor Novello, and seen her songs used everywhere from opening credits of The Devil Wears Prada to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign theme. She’d had a good run, Tunstall thought, but it was time to take a serious time out. “I was utterly burnt out,” she says.
Thankfully, the mind is no match for the spirit. Fast forward a year or so, and Tunstall is back with a collection of songs that chronicle her resurrection. Following the summer release of her three-song EP, Golden State, this September Tunstall will put out her latest album, KIN.
The LP is technically her fifth full-length collection of original material, but Tunstall sees it, really, as her second album; the long-awaited, full-blooded follow-up to her debut. “The truth is, I’ve finally made peace with being a pop songwriter,” Tunstall says. “This record was very much embracing my dharma as an artist, which is to write happy songs that are also good. What I discovered I had to say, and what I’m saying on this record is: I’ve been through loads of shit, so have you, here’s the verse telling you what that shit is, and here’s the chorus for you to dance to! Love, KT.”
Tickets on sale Friday August 26th at 9am – buy yours here.