Sophie Ellis-Bextor lines up Portsmouth and Brighton dates

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Following the release of her new album Familia, Sophie Ellis-Bextor – who played this year’s Festival of Chichester – has announced she will release a new single Crystallise on October 28, ahead of a tour which takes in Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms Saturday, February 25 and Brighton’s Concorde 2 on Monday, February 27.

Spokeswoman Beth Parnell said: “Familia is Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s sixth studio album and follows her number-four charting and silver-certified album Wanderlust, which marked a critically-acclaimed change in musical direction for Sophie. Following suit with her last record, Familia was also co-written, produced and arranged by acclaimed singer-songwriter and good friend Ed Harcourt and was recorded in London with a close-knit group of musician friends.

“Second single Crystallise offers a different glimpse into Familia and is a romantic track that opens with a soft tempo before building into an impactful, string-laden, emotive chorus.”

“Familia features 11-tracks which continue to showcase Sophie’s newfound lyrical and musical maturity, from the beautiful and emotive Unrequited to the synth-laded ballad Death Of Love and the alt-pop buoyant opener Wild Forever.

“After a busy live circuit around Wanderlust with packed out festival performances and sold-out headline tours, which gained a host of rave live reviews, Sophie launched Familia with a one-off intimate London show at Bush Hall. She has now announced a UK tour in February and March 2017, kicking off in Norwich on February 16 and culminating at London’s Koko on March 1.”

Tickets on www.livenation.co.uk.

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