In case you missed it, enigmatic world music outfit HEILUNG previously announced a long-awaited North American headlining tour, bringing their mesmerizing live ritual to states and Canada for the first time ever! Within 72 hours of ticket sales going live, every venue that was originally announced had completely SOLD OUT. To accommodate demand, a second show in New York City, as well as a show in Los Angeles, were added, while the Chicago show was moved to a larger venue. The updated and final itinerary can be found below:
Speaking of the tour, HEILUNG previously commented: “Heilung is proud to announce our first tour in North America. Like our forefathers 1000 years ago, we will cross the ocean and set foot on the land they called Vinland. Ticket sales begin Friday the 11th of October 10 EST. Come join the ritual.”
HEILUNG will be touring in support of their 2019 release, ‘Futha,’ which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Heatseeker charts and #4 on the Billboard World Music Charts, placing on a total of seven Billboard charts within the first week of its release.
Earlier this year, the band’s music was featured in a trailer for the final season of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ series. It can be viewed HERE.
This was not the first time HEILUNG‘s music has been featured in a commercial, as “Krigsgaldr” was featured in a 2018 commercial for the Adidas x Alexander Wang collaboration. Watch the commercial HERE!
HEILUNG North American Dates:
01/09: Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo DTLA [TICKETS // EVENT LINK] 01/11: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom [TICKETS // EVENT LINK] **SOLD OUT**
01/13: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater [TICKETS // EVENT LINK] **SOLD OUT**
01/17: Denver, CO @ The Ogden Theater [TICKETS // EVENT LINK] **SOLD OUT**
01/20: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre [TICKETS // EVENT LINK] **SOLD OUT**
01/22: Washington, DC @ The Fillmore Silver Spring [TICKETS // EVENT LINK] **SOLD OUT**
01/24: New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Ballroom) [TICKETS // EVENT LINK] **SOLD OUT**
01/26: Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia [TICKETS // EVENT LINK] 01/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall Ballroom [TICKETS // EVENT LINK]
HEILUNG European tour:
12/08: Kyiv (UA) @ Center of Culture and Arts NAU
02/18/20: York (UK) @ Descended from Odin Festival (Exact date TBA)
The cover artwork and album details of ‘Futha’ can be viewed below.
Speaking about ‘Futha,’ BILLBOARD wrote, “Tracks like ‘Norupo,’ which is led by female vocals, is beautiful and melodic, and the choir and tribal percussive background of ‘Othan’ is trance-like.” You can read the full feature, which includes an interview with HEILUNG‘s Kai Uwe Faust, HERE.
Upon its release, ‘Futha’ has been met with international critical acclaim. Here is what the press is saying:
“There’s an earthy aura surrounding the record, not just from the sounds of nature but the primal energy it evokes, trying to wake something long lost to the ravages of time… the power and conviction of these chanted tales connect on a deeper level than mere riffs. You just have to let it in.” – Kerrang
“‘Futha’ is consequently more a gentle, comforting blessing than it is an album: an escape from contemporary concerns and a reminder that there is still magic in this world.” – Pure Grain Audio
“‘Futha’ leaves no stone unturned in its quest to experiment and bring its own true experience to the table. That said, it is easy to fall into a trance and with eyes closed to be transported to the past world that Heilung brings back to life. That is why Cryptic Rock gives Futha 4 out of 5 stars.” – Cryptic Rock
“Indeed, I have no better word for the music than ‘spellbinding.’ The combination of the hide-drum and electronic rhythms, the contrasting vocals of Faust and Franz, the mystical keyboard layers, and the dark and ethereal melodies is wonderful.” – No Clean Singing
“Hypnotic and evocative, this preview of Heilung’s upcoming album ‘Futha’ hints that another tradition-steeped masterpiece from the fascinating collective is to come.” – Revolver Magazine
Kai Uwe Faust