Thursday 29 June 8pm, Performance Arena
two time Mercury Prize nominee and two time MOBO award winner, Laura Mvula grew up in Birmingham. Mvula first sang in church and later with all female acapella group Black Voices. By 2008 she had formed and was composing for her own jazz/neo-soul outfit Judyshouse. Mvula has also directed various choirs. She is a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire and holds a degree in composition. Her debut album, Sing to the Moon was released in 2013 and garnered multiple award nominations and critical acclaim. Discussing her follow-up, 2016 album The Dreaming Room, the UK Guardian described how Mvula “pulls the listener along with her through the most serpentine songs: however, winding their routes, the melodies are almost always beautiful; however much the musical scenery shifts, it is always striking.” Mvula’s songs explore identity, personal dilemmas and social issues. About her hit, Phenomenal Woman, inspired by Maya Angelou (and with a video shot in the Bo-Kaap region of Cape Town) she told the UK Independent: “I try and depend a lot on the women that I surround myself with, the women that through their own vulnerability and ridiculous strength are still moving mountains and doing extraordinary things every day.” with special guests Passport to Stockholm Since their debut release last summer, Passport To Stockholm have been touring heavily, building on the momentum of ‘All at Once’ and its immediate pop hooks with the more pastoral ‘Better Days’, nudging the band into the top 100 on the CMJ chart and top 30 most viral US Spotify (top 10 UK). Picking up fans from their busy touring schedule. Hot off the back of hitting 1 million streams on Spotify as well as clocking up countless BBC Introducing “track of the days”, the band completed a 10 date UK tour supporting Canadian artist Ben Caplan in November, playing the Union Chapel along the way.