“The song was written from a very personal and introspective place, however it has taken on a new and more powerful meaning because of what has been happening with Covid-19 and the global reinvigoration of the Black Lives Matter movement. The video was shot at home in my living room, which was completely blacked out using thick, heavy fabric. It was the hottest day of the year so far, so it was a challenge. It was directed by Sophie Jones and shot remotely via Zoom with my housemate Holly Milk who took on the role of camera person, lighting operator and all round life saver.”
Celeste returns today with a single produced by FINNEAS which is just… Timeless. Truly timeless.
Celeste, who was first featured on Alfitude back in summer 2014, has topped one of the UK music industry’s most prestigious polls. On a personal note this is a pretty great choice and I’m looking forward to seeing how the year pans out for this talent.
Celeste 2020 UK/EU live dates:
16 – Eurosonic Festival
2 – O2 Southampton Guildhall, Southampton^ 3 – O2 Academy, Bournemouth ^5 – O2 Academy Brixton, London^ 6 – O2 Academy, Birmingham^ 7 – O2 Apollo, Manchester ^ 9 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge^ 10 – De Montford Hall, Leicester^ 12 – O2 Academy, Leeds^ 13 – O2 Academy, Newcastle^ 14 – Barrowlands, Glasgow^
21 – Belleville, Paris* 22 – Printemps De Bourges, Bourges* 24 – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam* 25 – BIRD, Rotterdam* 27 – King Tuts, Glasgow (SOLD OUT)* 28 – Deaf Institute, Manchester (SOLD OUT)* 29 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (SOLD OUT)*
1 – Les Nuits Botanique, Belgium* 5 – Standtgarten, Cologne* 6 – Kranhalle, Munich* 8 – Pitchfork Festival, Berlin
^supporting Michael Kiwanuka
Here we go again… BBC Sound of has just released it’s longlist for 2020 and I honestly feel this is the first time in years that they have had a list which is actually relevant… Anyhow – here’s the lucky kids (along with the first time most of these were featured on Alfitude):
- Arlo Parks – first featured on Alfitude in November 2018
- Beabadoobee – first featured December 2018
- Celeste – first featured July 2014
- Easy Life – first featured November 2017
- Georgia – first featured June 2014
- Joesef – first featured May 2019
- Joy Crookes – first featured February 2016
- Yungblud – first featured March 2018
My money’s on Yungblud to win this, but my heart is with Arlo Parks and Celeste. The shortlist and eventual winner will be announced in January 2020.
This track is all kinds of YES.
Gorgeously destructive electro soul. Check out here.