Sofia Kourtesis

Sofia Kourtesis

SOFIA KOURTESIS SHARES NEW SINGLE ‘ESTACIÓN ESPERANZA’ FEATURING MANU CHAO

OUT NOW ON NINJA TUNE

ANNOUNCES DEBUT UK HEADLINE LIVE SHOWS IN LONDON AND MANCHESTER IN APRIL. UK/EU TOUR SUPPORTING CARIBOU STARTS THIS MONTH

“Bursting with life and personality”
5/5 NME

Somehow intimate and vast all at once, it’s like a postcard view of infinity—just waves, wind, and sparkling light as far as the eye can see”
Pitchfork

Listen to ‘Estación Esperanza (feat. Manu Chao)’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4LNA-JZQeo

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Last year, Berlin based, Peruvian artist Sofia Kourtesis shared her latest EP Fresia Magdalena, a sleeper hit that saw her continued rise as one of the most exciting new producers around, receiving a 5/5 review from NME and appearing on ‘End of Year’ lists from the likes of DJThe New York Times and Pitchfork with lead single ‘La Perla‘ also named as Pitchfork‘s #13 Song of the Year. ‘By Your Side‘ was also chosen as Spotify‘s #6 Best Electronic Songs of 2021.

Today she returns with ‘Estación Esperanza’ which is out now on Ninja Tune and features a rare guest spot from Manu Chao. Opening with sampled chanting from a Peruvian protest against homophobia, the track pulses with the luminous and defiant sense of life that her music is becoming known for. With family also always permeating her work, this track is dedicated to Sofia’s mother with her face front and centre on the track’s striking artwork. A song about hope in full technicolour.

Speaking of the track Kourtesis says:

“‘Estación Esperanza’ is all about hope. I’m hopeful my mother will get better, I’m hopeful the world will begin to heal, I’m hopeful this song will bring you light on dark days. I first wrote this song after listening to Manu Chao. To me Manu Chao has always represented hope, his lyrics were like a bible to me growing up. This song is for him, my mother and all those activists working hard to make this world better.. never lose hope!”

Last year Sofia spoke to The Guardian on the topic of hope, read more here.

Today Sofia announces her debut UK headline shows, bringing her newly devised live show to London‘s Electrowerks and Manchester‘s YES Pink Room, on sale Friday 22 Jan at 10am. Having already played shows with the likes Four Tet, Floating Points, and DJ Koze, this month Sofia heads out on at UK/EU tour supporting Caribou before playing Primavera Sound this summer with many more dates to come.

With just a handful of EPs released, Sofia has already been tipped as a ‘One To Watch‘ by The Observer, featured on Emerging Artist lists from DJ and Mixmag as well as appearing in last years NME 100 and being added to the 6Music A-List with ‘La Perla’.

High-res images can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/aqdievr9od9xs7t/AACLz0CvzJPioS7GKGfTgxtBa?dl=0

Tour dates:

25 Jan – Bristol @ O2 Academy ^ – SOLD OUT
26 Jan – Bristol @ O2 Academy, Bristol ^
28 Jan – Cardiff @ TramShed ^
30 Jan – Brighton @ The Dome ^ – SOLD OUT

31 Jan – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique ^
01 Feb – Luxembourg, LU @ Den Atelier ^
02 Feb – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks ^
03 Feb – Salzburg, AT @ Rockhouse ^
04 Feb – Bratislava, SK @ Edison Park ^
05 Feb – Warsaw, PL @ Stoloda ^
07 Feb – Paris, FR @ L’Olympisa ^

07 March – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle ^
08 March – Prague, CZ @ Forum Karlin ^
09 March – Vienna, AT @ Arena ^
10 March – Munich, DE @ Neue Theaterfabrik ^ – SOLD OUT
11 March – Ljubljana, SL @ Kino Siska ^
13 March – Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten ^
15 March – Cologne, DE@ Carlswerk Victoria ^
16 March – Reims, FR @ La Cartonnerie ^
17 March – Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVrendenburg ^
18 March – Lille, FR @ L’Aeronef, Lille ^
19 March – Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje ^
20 March – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefaehrlich ^ – SOLD OUT

03 April – Mayrhofen, AT @ Snowbombing Festival – DJ
17 April – Amsterdam, NL @ DGTL Festival

20 April – Manchester @ YES Pink Room (Headline show)
TICKETS (on sale 10am Friday)
21 April – London @ Electrowerkz (Headline show)
TICKETS (on sale 10am Friday)

09 June – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
12 June – Ferropolis, DE @ Melt Festival

^ – supporting Caribou
All dates live unless stated as DJ

Praise for Sofia Kourtesis:

“Bursting with life and personality”
5/5 NME

“Somehow intimate and vast all at once, it’s like a postcard view of infinity—just waves, wind, and sparkling light as far as the eye can see”
Pitchfork

“Beautiful in a subtle, Spring-like way, ‘La Perla’ feels just right for these rare sunny afternoons”
Clash

“‘La Perla’ glistens with a luminescence and lightness that is transportive”
Beats Per Minute

“Warm and fizzing creation of a musical magpie”
The Observer ‘One To Watch’

“It is artists like Kourtesis who keep good house vibes alive”
DJ

“Colourful house that feels destined to conquer big rooms”
Resident Advisor