Few artists manage to follow a critically acclaimed debut album with a second. Ever fewer manage to do it a third time but that is exactly the challenge facing Brighton-based Natasha Khan, aka Bat for Lashes, when she issues her third studio record, The Haunted Man, on 15th October. And you'd be mad to bet against her.
It was six years ago that Khan released Fur And Gold. Modest commercial success followed for her debut record but it kicked up a critical firestorm; earning Bat for Lashes a Mercury Music Prize short-listing and two Brit Award nominations for Best Female and Best Newcomer. Three years later, follow-up Two Suns rose high, picking up another Mercury and Brit nomination and, even more impressively, earning Khan an Ivor Novello award for Daniel, as Best Contemporary Song.
Tonight sees Bat for Lashes first UK show in more than two years. Such a hiatus might conjure some bitterness from fans but Natasha Khan is so highly regarded that no one seems to mind; evidently satisfied that their heroine is something of a musical genius who'll air the new material when she's good and ready.
Well, she's ready now. After tonight's warm-up, Bat for Lashes play Latitude and Bestival slots before the autumn headline tour begins in Inverness three days after The Haunted Man is released. Khan moves onto dates in Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, London (Forum), Bristol and more, before the final date at the Brighton Dome on 4th November 2012.
We will have tickets available from 9am on Friday 15th June, priced £20 for London and £17.50 for all over dates.