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15.11.2017 - LIVE ALBUM RELEASED - AVAILABLE DURING FALL TOUR

Ladies and gentleman, we are very very proud to announce that ‘As We Make Our Way - The Live Recordings’ is now available for worldwide download or streaming through your preferred music outlet. We went through over 45 concerts (all concerts were recorded in full multi-track) song by song and chose what we felt best represented each song. What you get is also essentially exactly what you would get if you came to one of the “As We Make Our Way” shows: the album played non-stop from start to finish and then a vast selection of classics by (what many call) Sophia v2.0. Some of these songs have changed rather dramatically and if you’ve only ever heard the album versions you might be quite surprised.

The limited pre-order of the vinyl and CD’s has now sold out but the remainder will available on tour. If any are left over after the tour, we’ll send out a little note to the mailing list and let you know there.

We'd like to remind you that the European tour starts today with a sold-out Luxemburg gig. Sophia will be taking a break after these shows as Robin will start work on the next Sophia album. We hope to see you on the road!

This is the full track-list of the 3CD/3LP:
1. Unknown Harbours (Ghent)
2. Resisting (Ghent)
3. The Drifter (Ghent)
4. Don't Ask (Ghent)
5. Blame (Ghent)
6. California (Ghent)
7. St. Tropez / The Hustle (Ghent)
8. You Say It's Alright (Ghent)
9. Baby, Hold On (Ghent)
10. It's Easy To Be Lonely (Ghent)
11. So Slow (Luzern)
12. If Only (Luzern)
13. Oh My Love (Stockholm)
14. There Are No Goodbyes (Groningen)
15. The Desert Song No. 2 (Brussels)
16. Darkness (Brussels)
17. The River Song (Brussels)
18. Last Night I Had A Dream (Bruges)
19. Another Friend (Bruges)
20. Ship In The Sand (Ghent)
21. Razorblades (Utrecht)
22. Bad Man (Stockholm)
23. Bastards (Cologne)
24. I Left You (Le Mans)
25. Directionless (Rome)





13.09.2017 - LIVE ALBUM + FULL FALL TOUR

We're happy to annouce that Sophia will release a triple vinyl - or triple cd, whatever floats your boat - live album this Fall: SOPHIA v2.0 THE LIVE RECORDINGS. The current v2.0 line-up of the band is on fire, so this was the right moment to record a live album.
The album will contain 25 tracks recorded during the 'As We Make Our Way (Unknown Harbours)' tour. The first disc will be a live rendition of the full 'As We Make Our Way', while the two other discs will venture through the rest of the Sophia back catalogue.

The release of the live album will coincide with a European tour of which these are all the dates:
15/11: Luxembourg (LU) - de Gudde Wëllen (SOLD OUT)
16/11: Amsterdam (NL) - Melkweg (http://bit.ly/2hitKXE)
17/11: Düsseldorf (DE) - New Fall Festival (http://bit.ly/2xmeyll)
18/11: Hanover (DE) - Cafe Glocksee (http://bit.ly/2wx5bAC)
20/11: Berlin (DE) - Musik & Frieden (http://bit.ly/2fanLDA)
21/11: Heidelberg (DE) - Prêt à Écouter Festival (http://bit.ly/2xSkST6)
22/11: Kortrijk (BE) - Wilde Westen (http://bit.ly/2wGE8xS)
23/11: Paris (FR) - Espace B (http://bit.ly/2w7GeYi)
25/11: Brno (CZ) - Kabinet Múz (http://bit.ly/2faoODz)
26/11: Prague (CZ) - Futurum Music Bar (http://bit.ly/2w7GMxk)
28/11: Dresden (DE) - Beatpol (http://bit.ly/2fAN6Y5)
29/11: Vienna (AT) - B72 (http://bit.ly/2xtBJen)
01/12: Monteprandone (IT) - Centro Pacetti (http://bit.ly/2yDwFCa)
02/12: Carpi (IT) - Mattatoio (http://bit.ly/2htVqfT)
03/12: Zürich (CH) - Bogen F (http://bit.ly/2xmfFS6)



01.07.2017 - FALL TOUR - 2 GERMAN DATES
While Sophia gears up to rock the Cactus Festival in Bruges on the 9th of July, they're already looking further ahead as well. A European tour is in the works for November and the first 2 dates have been announced:

17/11/17: New Fall Festival, Düsseldorf (DE) new-fall-festival.de
18/11/17: Café Glocksee, Hannover (DE) www.cafe-glocksee.de


More dates will follow.





10.02.2017 - 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 soon.

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 TOUR
France?
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!
A bientôt!

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 Fall tour.
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.
18/10/16: Le Mans (FR) - Les Saulnières
20/10/16: Paris (FR) - Petit Bain
22/10/16 Heerlen (NL) - Nieuwe Nor
28/10/16 Eindhoven (NL)
- Effenaar



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 Reeperbahn 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 from Ireland.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
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 GIGS ANNOUNCED
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



18.05.2016 - 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 website.



15.04.2016 - 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 copies).
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 FESTIVAL
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: chezpias@pias.com (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
We 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 Sophia Bandcamp to have a listen.

Two shows in Maastricht and Dresden have been added to the upcoming European club tour:
23/04/16 Maastricht, NL - Muziekgieterij (Tickets: http://bit.ly/1QBfc0s)
29/04/16 Dresden, DE - Beatpol (Tickets: http://bit.ly/1Luko7m)
And 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 Bandcamp today.

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, Music 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 OUT)
25/04/16 Hamburg, DE - Nochtspeicher (SOLD OUT)
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 OUT)
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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