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New Music: Freya Ridings

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North-London born singer-songwriter Freya Ridings is a prodigious talent with a voice that is both winning and breaking hearts in equal measure right across the country. Her beautiful piano driven interpretations of modern classics from the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Hozier sit perfectly along her own original songs and bring to mind Florence & The Machine’s more introspective moments.


Freya was surrounded by music from the very beginning, her parents both musicians, inspiring her to write her first song aged just nine years old. As she told Culture Collide: “My dad plays guitar and writes, and my mom plays piano. When he was away one day working, I snuck into his studio and tried playing one. He later showed me more chords and I fell in love with playing and writing on both instruments. I wrote my first song sat around a campfire at nine years old on a school camping trip. One of my friend’s dad’s brought a guitar and played for us. I made a vow to learn guitar and perform an original song on the rest of the trip, which I’m glad I stuck too!”

Fast forward and tracks began to appear on streaming sites midway through last year with love shown from the likes of Clash and Mahogany as both Blackout and her cover of Maps racked up plays in the millions.

A burgeoning online fanbase has led to sold out shows at the beautiful St Pancreas Old Church and Omeara which both spawned their own respective live albums. The decision to release live albums prior to a studio LP may seem brave but it’s testament to the power of Ridings’ talent as a performer on stage.

Having toured with the likes of Tash Sultana and Lewis Capaldi, Freya plays Germany’s premier new music festival, Reeperbahn Festival, this September where she has been nominated for the prestigious Anchor award previously presented to Jade Bird.

Essential tracks

Freya Ridings has taken on the stunning Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, cementing her own stamp on the cult classic.


The haunting Blackout tells the tale of heartbreak, underpinned by Ridings’ mesmerising piano work. Check out this live version filmed at London’s Omeara.

Freya Ridings embarks on a tour of the UK and Ireland this Autumn, and again in the spring of 2019.

18 October 2018 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
19 October 2018 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
20 October 2018 – The Globe, Cardiff
22 October 2018 – Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
23 October 2018 – The Limelight 2, Belfast
24 October 2018 – Tivoli Theatre, Dublin
26 October 2018 – O2 Academy, Oxford
27 October 2018 – The Dancehouse, Manchester
28 October 2018 – The Wardrobe, Leeds
29 October 2018 – O2 Institute3, Birmingham
31 October 2018 – The Haunt, Brighton
1 November 2018 – Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

28 February 2019 – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
1 March 2019 – Dolans Warehouse, Limerick
2 March 2019 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin
4 March 2019 – The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
5 March 2019 – University, Newcastle
7 March 2019 – Albert Hall, Manchester
8 March 2019 – University, Leeds
9 March 2019 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
11 March 2019 – Roundhouse, London
12 March 2019 – Junction, Cambridge
13 March 2019 – SWX, Bristol

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