Hypnotic, powerful and completely arresting, Nadine Shah tackles themes of immigration and Islamaphobia through her shimmering post-punk in this intimate seated show, part of our In the Round series.

Shah’s singular, darkly powerful voice and bleak, yet compassionate lyrics have earned the Geordie a fierce reputation as an uncompromising talent. Drawing comparisons to the likes of PJ Harvey and Siouxsie Sioux, she is a commanding presence live – her sparse, sombre vocals cutting through a backdrop of grinding guitars, rasping saxes and driving basslines.

Born to a Norwegian mother and a Pakistani father, the singer-songwriter takes influences from Nina Simone, Scott Walker, poet Philip Larkin and even artist Frida Kahlo. Constantly challenging her listeners, she explores and dissects topics such as mental health, relationships, and on her most recent recording, the highly acclaimed ‘Holiday Destination’ (2017), Islamaphobia and the unfolding refugee crisis, while the brilliant, gritty hit single, ‘Out the Way’ is a biting and scathing contemplation of the rise of global nationalism.

Support comes from NJE as well as Roundhouse Resident Artist Sera EKE. Where the NJE (‘the New Jazz Experience) cross the driving rhythm section of Can with the sounds of Roland Kirk, Motown and the Third Stream, EKE’s multi-faceted music seamlessly brings together elements of pop, electronica, hip-hop, avant-garde and contemporary classical music.

She can make almost anything sound remarkable…her sharp, incisive rock songs shimmer with a ripe theatricality every time she opens her mouth

Pitchfork on Nadine Shah

A wild rush to the outer edges of pop..

CMU Approved on Sera EKE

Where I’m from, hardly anyone is exposed to the arts. There’s a load of talent but no guidance. Roundhouse changed my life.

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In the Round

Experience one-off intimate performances in our series of fully seated shows that puts you closer to the music. First launched in 2016, In the Round sees the Roundhouse radically transformed, the…