- CACTUS FESTIVAL AND 'BAD MAN' (v2.0)
Sophia have been added to the line-up of the 2017 Cactus
Festival in Bruges, Belgium. They will play in the beautiful Minnewaterpark
on Sunday the 9th of July. Other bands from the Sunday line-up are
Goose, Explosions In The Sky and Kevin Morby. More names will follow
In other news: on the Sophia
Bandcamp you can now find a free download of the first studio
recording of 'Bad Man'.
'Bad Man' was originally only available on the 'De Nachten' live album
from 2001. This is one of a number of songs the current live
band decided to record on a little day-off day-trip to the studio
during the Fall 2016 tour.
In Robin's words: "One of things that has made this last
year so great is the way the new Sophia Collective has managed to
continue growing from strength to strength as a band. Our live shows
really have gone to another level with this line-up (original drummer
Jeff Townsin joined by new bass player Sander Verstraete, Jesse Maes
on guitar and Bert Vliegen on keyboards/guitar) and while we’re
currently multi-track recording each and every concert (more news
on that soon!) I really wanted to let you guys and gals (especially
those that can’t make it to any of the shows) have a little
taste of what we’re sounding like these days."
28.01.2017 - SPRING TOUR TAKING SHAPE
Sophia are taking 'As We Make Our Way (Unknown Harbours)' back on
the road in March. Here's a whole batch of new dates which will bring
Sophia to Scandinavia, Belgium, The Netherlands, germany, Switzerland
and the UK.
07/03: Aarhus (DK) - Radar - http://bit.ly/2kj4N1o
09/03: Copenhagen (DK) –
Stengade - http://bit.ly/2jNiAKr
10/03: Aalborg (DK) – Studenterthuset - http://bit.ly/2kgjsIH
11/03: Oslo (NO) - BLÅ - http://bit.ly/2kLndF2
12/03: Stockholm (SE) - Bar Brooklyn (Debaser) - http://bit.ly/2kj1aci
14/03: Rostock (DE) - Helgas Stadtpalast - http://bit.ly/2krWwIM
16/03: Münster (DE) - Gleiss 22 - http://bit.ly/2k0fntL
17/03: Saarbrücken (DE) - Garage - http://bit.ly/2k7C1xz
18/03: Freiburg (DE) - Swamp - http://bit.ly/2kbU7y1
19/03: Luzern (CH) - Schüür - http://bit.ly/2k3T6v3
21/03: Liège (BE) - Reflektor - http://bit.ly/2k7kbdf
22/03: Leuven (BE) - Het Depot - http://bit.ly/2jv0ID5
23/03: London (UK) - The Islington - http://bit.ly/2jNm13R
24/03: Gent (BE) - Handelsbeurs - http://bit.ly/2kjca9j
25/03: Groningen (NL) - Vera - http://bit.ly/2jv59xC
07.10.2016 - FRENCH DATES ADDED TO FALL
It’s been a long time but rest assured we are slowly and surely
making our way back to your lovely country! To help us kick off our
reintroduction we’ll be starting out in Le Mans (our first show
of the Fall tour!) before continuing our way to the our 2nd show that
grace’s the banks of La Seine at Petit Bain. (Only 19 years
later - not sure if any of you will remember our first show in 1997
at La Peniche?)
And let’s keep our fingers crossed that you will be seeing us
in France, this time a little farther afield, in Spring 2017!
18/10/16: Le Mans (FR) - Les Saulnières
20/10/16: Paris (FR) - Petit Bain
14.09.2016 - ITALIAN DATES ANNOUNCED
We promised more dates for the European tour. Well, here's another
batch of Italian dates for the beginning of November.
Find ticket links in the On Tour section of the site.
07/11/16: Milano (IT) - Arci Bellezza
08/11/16: Ravenna (IT) - Bronson
09/11/16: Roma (IT) - Monk Roma
11/11/16: Firenze (IT) - Viper Club
12/11/16: Torino (IT) - Spazio211
10.09.2016 - DUTCH AND FRENCH GIGS ADDED
TO FALL TOUR
Four gigs in France and the Netherlands have been added to the upcoming
The Heerlen after-party will even have a DJ who named his daughter
after the band. Now, that's dedication.
Tickets are already on sale.
Le Mans (FR) - Les Saulnières
20/10/16: Paris (FR) - Petit Bain
22/10/16 Heerlen (NL) - Nieuwe Nor
28/10/16 Eindhoven (NL) -
29.08.2016 - ROBIN TO PLAY SOLO GIG
AT HAMBURG'S REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL
On Saturday the 24th of September Robin will play a solo gig at the
Festival in Hamburg, Germany. To make the concert that extra bit
special the gig will take place in the baroque settings of the Hauptkirche
Sankt Michaelis. Also playing that night at the church is Villagers
Tickets for the festival are on
This will be the only Sophia solo gig before Sophia heads out on a
full band European tour at the end of October. More dates for that
tour will be announced soon.
22.05.2016 - SOPHIA FALL TOUR - GERMANY
Ladies and Gentlemen, Sophia 2.0 are happy to announce that we will
be continuing our slow, steady and rather noisier than expected march
to a town near you this Fall. Tickets for the German leg of the tour
are now on sale. Many more shows will follow.
29/10/16 Köln, DE - Stadtgarten
30/10/16 Karlsruhe, DE - Jubez
31/10/16 Frankfurt, DE - Zoom
01/11/16 Berlin, DE - BiNuu
02/11/16 Leipzig, DE - UT Connewitz
04/11/16 Schorndorf, DE - Manufaktur
05/11/16 Linz, AT - Ahoi-Pop-Festival @ Posthof
- SOPHIA FALL TOUR - BRUSSELS GIG ANNOUNCED
After a succesfull club tour, Sophia will be back in October &
November for a bigger European tour.
The first date has just been announced and goes on sale tomorrow.
Sophia will play the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels on October 21st.
Presale starts at 11AM on the AB
- ALBUM OUT NOW - LIMITED EDITON ORANGE VINYL
The 6th Sophia studio album 'As We Make Our Way (Unknown Harbours)'
is officially out today.
The album is available on CD digipack, 180 gram vinyl and a special
limited edition orange vinyl (500
For ordering please go to our
site at Music Glue. All sales via Music Glue will now
be serviced and shipped worldwide by Remedy Fulfilment.
Due to a delay in manufacturing the vinyl, LP's will only be shipped
in the first week of May. You will receive an immediate download when
ordering the album.
Sincere thanks for waiting all these years and we hope you enjoy!
07.04.2016 - SOPHIA TO PLAY PUKKELPOP
Belgium's Pukkelpop festival just anounced a new
batch of acts for the upcoming edition. We're glad to announce that
Sophia has been added to the 2016 line-up. The band will take the
stage on Friday the 19th of August.
This will be Sophia's 4th gig at Pukkelpop and their first appearance
since the legendary 2007 gig with the woodwind section, Malcolm Middleton
on guitar ànd Melanie De Biasio on additional vocals.
Tickets for Pukkelpop 2016 are already on sale and they're going fast
too. Get your hands on them here: www.pukkelpop.be.
04.04.2016 - ALBUM LAUNCH EVENT IN BRUSSELS
+ CONTRIBUTION TO MOGWAI ALBUM
To celebrate the release of Sophia’s first new album in almost 7 years,
Robin Proper-Sheppard invites you to a special album release event.
Get your hands on a copy of the new album before the official release
date, meet the artist and hear some of the new songs live and acoustic
for the first time ever!
The release event takes place at 7PM on April 14th at the [CHEZ
PIAS] venue in the brand new [PIAS] headquarters in Brussels.
The event has a limited capacity so please confirm your attendance
here: firstname.lastname@example.org (update: now sold out!).
On a side-note: Mogwai just released their new 'Atomic' album. The
record comprises reworked versions of their soundtrack for 'Storyville
- Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise', a documentary on the dawning
of the atomic age that aired last year on the BBC. Robin Proper-Sheppard
contributed guitar on the excellent 'Tzar'.
19.03.2016 - NEW SONG AND 2 EXTRA CONCERTS
DATE IN DRESDEN AND MAASTRICHT
can now introduce you another new song from 'As We Make Our Way (Unknown
Harbours)' called 'The Drifter'.
Described by Robin as a countrified version of The Cure (remembering
one of Robin's all-time favourite albums is The Cure's 'Seventeen
Seconds'), 'The Drifter' takes the stripped back purity of Harvest-era
Neil Young, layers it with the dark glowing ambiance of a vintage
Juno 60 synth (a rumoured favourite of, you guessed it, The Cure)
and ties it all together with a reverb-drenched guitar hook that could
have come straight from a Morricone soundtrack.
Head over to the
Bandcamp to have a listen.
Two shows in Maastricht and Dresden have been added
to the upcoming European club tour:
NL - Muziekgieterij (Tickets: http://bit.ly/1QBfc0s)
DE - Beatpol (Tickets: http://bit.ly/1Luko7m)
we should remind you to get tickets for the other shows as soon as
possible. Berlin and Brussels are sold out and there is only a handful
of tickets left in places like Hamburg and Cologne.
26.02.2016 - SOPHIA ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE,
NEW ALBUM AND CLUB TOUR
After a nearly seven year hiatus Robin Proper-Sheppard and his Sophia
"Collective" are set to reintroduce themselves back into this lovely
world of sadness and sorrow with what could arguably be considered,
in the world of Sophia at least, one of their most positive and upbeat
numbers ever: 'Resisting'. The song hits the airwaves
and the Sophia
Don't let the absolute avalanche of an intro, all throbbing low-end
and ear-splitting shards of noise and glass, fool you.
Don't let the opening lines of "We could have cried all day, And yeah
some days I suppose we did" lure you into thinking that this is the
Sophia we've always known.
Because while it is, at the same time it isn't. This is different.
Somehow sad. Yet somehow positive too.
It's hard to explain but you feel it.
Sophia's sixth studio album 'As We Make Our Way (Unknown Harbours)'
will be released 15/04/2016 on The Flower Shop Recordings.
MP3/WAV, CD and vinyl pre-sales (via iTunes, Bandcamp,
Glue) start 05/03/2016.
Sophia is also very very happy to announce that on 22/04/2016 they
will be commencing on their first full-band tour of Europe
since 2009. Tickets will available at the links below.
22/04/16 Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso @ Bitterzoet (Tickets: http://bit.ly/1TArCrJ)
23/04/16 Maastricht, NL - Muziekgieterij (Tickets: http://bit.ly/1QBfc0s)
24/04/16 Köln, DE - Artheater (SOLD
25/04/16 Hamburg, DE - Nochtspeicher (SOLD
26/04/16 Brussels, BE - Botanique/Rotonde (SOLD OUT)
28/04/16 Munich, DE - Ampere (Tickets: http://bit.ly/1S3gfsp)
29/04/16 Dresden, DE - Beatpol (Tickets: http://bit.ly/1Luko7m)
30/04/16 Berlin, DE - Kantine am Berghain (SOLD
01/05/16 Prague, CZ - Divadlo Dobeška (Tickets: http://bit.ly/1LHtvw3)
02/05/16 Vienna, AT - Chelsea (Tickets: http://bit.ly/24qZD2G)
03/05/16 Graz, AT - Postgarage (Tickets: http://bit.ly/1RpGcQO)
05/05/16 Zurich, CH - Bogen F (Tickets: http://bit.ly/1QHzoRv)
06/05/16 Bologna, IT - Covo (Tickets: http://bit.ly/1TGRMKG)
09/05/16 London, UK - The Lexington (Tickets: http://bit.ly/1oJVK8P)
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