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Nilüfer Yanya

Artist Bio

Growing up in the heart of London, 21 year-old Nilüfer Yanya’s exploration of music was immersive from the very start. After discovering classical piano at secondary school in Pimlico, a little later at Saturday music school Nilüfer’s relationship with the electric guitar grew and was taught by Dave Okumu of The Invisible.

“I had some great teachers and really got into the idea of writing my own songs, being in bands and playing the guitar,” says Nilüfer, “when I first started writing music I listened to a lot of indie guitar bands such as the Pixies, The Cure and Bloc Party, but since then my influences have widened and now include more soulful artists, like Nina Simone, Jeff Buckley and Bill Withers.”

Calling to mind artists as diverse as Tracy Chapman, King Krule and Portishead, each track Nilüfer writes leaves a perfect imprint of simplicity. She takes her inspiration from iconic songwriters such as Nina Simone and Jeff Buckley as well as modern influences Conan Mockasin and Rosie Lowe

The subject matter of songs is subservient to mood, beauty and feel. “I don’t have a definitive process of writing but normally I will come up with the main pattern, then the melody and the words follow,” Nilüfer explains.

Nilüfer’s music incorporates the city’s urban edge with beautiful wandering guitar lines, downtrodden soulful and jazz flickered melodies, on top of minimalist and atmospheric beats.

First two singles include ‘Small Crimes’ and ‘Keep on Calling’

Second EP includes singles ‘The Florist’, ‘Golden Cage’ and ‘Sliding Doors’


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‘…sneaks into your brain and keeps hitting the pleasure center’ – Pitchfork

“We love it.” – Loud and Quiet 


” The frighteningly-talented Yanya…has followed up with her debut, “Small Crimes”. It’s a song that brushes touchpoints lime John Martyn and The XX while managing to be something entirely new.” Line of Best Fit


“It’s simple but effective – her voice and lyrics are that’s needed to grab your attention and not let go.”  Pigeons and Planes


“A rising talent way her beyond her years.”  – The 405


“the shuffling, narrative-rich Small Crimes confirms the impression that this Dave Okumu-mentored singer and guitarist is one to keep a super-beady eye on” – Sunday Times Culture “Breaking Act”


“Just talking about how great that track is. Brilliant new single…Very much one to watch.” Lauren Laverne (6 Music)

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Tour Dates

Mar 28 2019
Istanbul, Turkey
Apr 03 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Apr 04 2019
YES (Pink Room)
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Apr 05 2019
Brudenell Social Club
Leeds, United Kingdom
Apr 06 2019
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Apr 08 2019
The Scholar (O2 Academy Leicester)
Leicester, United Kingdom
Apr 09 2019
London, United Kingdom
Apr 11 2019
Hare & Hounds
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Apr 12 2019
Bristol, United Kingdom
Apr 13 2019
O2 Academy2 Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom
Apr 14 2019
The Haunt
Brighton, United Kingdom
Apr 16 2019
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Apr 17 2019
Hamburg, Germany
Apr 18 2019
Kantine am Berghain
Berlin, Germany
Apr 19 2019
Motel Mozaique
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Apr 20 2019
Diverse Locaties
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Apr 21 2019
Wien, Austria
Apr 22 2019
Munich, Germany
Apr 24 2019
Zurich, Switzerland
Apr 25 2019
Blue Shell
Köln, Germany
Apr 26 2019
Le Point Ephémère
Paris, France
Apr 29 2019
Le Botanique
Saint-josse-ten-noode, Belgium
Apr 30 2019
Nijmegen, Netherlands
May 01 2019
Utrecht, Netherlands
Jul 23 2019
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY
Jul 24 2019
U Street Music Hall
Washington, DC
Jul 30 2019
Grog Shop
Cleveland, OH
Jul 31 2019
Sleeping Village
Chicago, IL
Aug 01 2019
Ace of Cups
Columbus, OH
Aug 02 2019
Deluxx Fluxx
Detroit, MI
Aug 03 2019
Horseshoe Tavern
Toronto, Canada




“The rapturous debut from the British singer-songwriter takes adventurous pop-rock crucibles to new heights with her illusory songwriting and stunning voice.” - Pitchfork 8.3 (Best New Music) “Her voice is the center…

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