Tyneside singer-songwriter Nadine Shah releases new album, ‘Holiday Destination’ next month (25th August). The sunny title is a bit of a misnomer, of course, never one to shy away from big subject matter, this one’s in reference to the plight of refugees.
In describing the title track, she says it’s “a response to this really harrowing news piece about migrants and refugees arriving on the shores of Kos in Greece by the thousands. There were some holidaymakers being interviewed and they were talking about how the situation was ruining their holiday. Despite their total and complete lack of empathy the thing which shocked me most was their bold and unashamed stance of saying such things on national television. This is what we’re seeing across the globe: people proudly expressing this hate fuelled rhetoric. It’s like, wow – some people really don’t care and they’ll happily talk about how they don’t care. I just don’t get it.”
Listen to ‘Holiday Destination’ below.
10 Gateshead Sage
11 Glasgow Oran Mor
13 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
14 Sheffield Leadmill
15 Cardiff Globe
16 Manchester Band on the Wall
19 London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
22 Brighton Concorde 2
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If 2018 pushed a series of fresh, politically-charged voices to the fore, then none used their platform with as much righteous gusto as Nadine Shah: an eloquent, outspoken force to be reckoned with.
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