Those who saw Adele live in 2011 (whatever happened to her?) were in for an unexpected treat. The surprise came in the form of singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka, whose vocals of pure honey topped warm fuzzy soul, packed full of hooks and rich textures.
Unusually for a new artist breaking through, Kiwanuka seemed to arrive fully formed. A bottomless well of embracing, rootsy soul, an easy going manner and a confident smile all belied the young Londoner's tender age. But the music continues to speak for itself. A clutch of EPs, a whole raft of gigs and guest appearances and a lot of radio exposure all helped push Kiwanuka to the top of the BBC's endlessly talked about Sound of 2012 poll.
That particularly accolade sat incongruously on the shoulders of an artist with a decidedly retro sound but the songwriter has worn it well and 2012 does indeed look like being a big year for the 24-year-old. We'll know more when he releases his debut album, 'Home Again', on 12th March.
The new tour kicks off in Bournemouth on 13th May, followed by dates in Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and more, before the final gig of the tour at the Shepherds Bush Empire on 23rd May. We will have tickets available when they go on sale at 9am on Friday 17th February, priced £14 for London, 16 for Dublin and £12.50 for the remaining UK shows.
Ahead of the May gigs, Michael is continuing his February tour in Birmingham tomorrow night, followed by London, Manchester, Liverpool and more, before the final date in Edinburgh on the 25th. A couple of dates are sold out (Leeds, Edinburgh), but we still have a number of Standard and/or Premium tickets available for most gigs.
He'll also be performing at the Brits next week and we still have Premium tickets available for the industry's big night.