Leif Vollebekk is thrilled to finally announce new North American and European concert dates. After having to postpone much of his New Ways tour dates due to the global pandemic back in March 2020, Vollebekk can’t wait to get back on the road and reunite with his fans, in the biggest concert venues he’s ever played to date in every city.
‘I had to pinch myself when they told me we were going back on tour,’ tells Leif. ‘All that comes to mind are the timeless words Willie Nelson : Just can’t wait to get on the road again / The life I love is making music with my friends.’
His most recent full-length, “New Ways”, was a sonic documentation of everything that Leif felt at the time; tenderness and violence, sex and rebirth. ‘Anything that I wouldn’t ever want to tell anyone – I just put it on the record,’ he says. It was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and Breakglass Studios in Montreal, and it features Olivier Fairfield (Timber Timbre) and Homer Steinweiss (The Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson) on drums, and additional vocals by Angie McMahon. It was mixed by Chris Allen in NYC (Yoko Ono, Fleet Foxes, Sigur Rós, Margaret Glaspy) and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound (David Byrne, The War On Drugs, Gregory Alan Isakov, Tame Impala, Father John Misty, Bob Dylan, Patrick Watson). The album now has over 21 million streams.
This past June, during the first wave of the pandemic, Leif shared a short EP of two songs, “Rest”, a release that complemented his quiet introspection during these strange times and included an acoustic version and b-side from his 2017 breakthrough album “Twin Solitude”. That album had landed a spot on the Polaris Music Prize 2017 shortlist, a Juno nomination and is now at 40 million streams.
Thu, Oct 14 – Quebec City, QC @ Palais Montcalm (SOLO) Fri, Nov 19 – Saskatoon, SK @ Broadway Theatre Sat, Nov 20 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall Tue, Nov 23 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre Wed, Nov 24 – Victoria, BC @ Capital Ballroom Fri, Nov 26 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom Sat, Nov 27 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange Sun, Nov 28 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre Sat, Feb 19 – Montreal, QC @ M Telus Thu, Feb 24 – Ottawa, ON, Bronson Centre Sat, Feb 26 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall Fri, Mar 4 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch Sat, Mar 5 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall Sun, Mar 6 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club Tue, Mar 8 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater Wed, Mar 9 – Fort Collins, CO @ The Armory Thu, Mar 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge Sat, Mar 12 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern Sun, Mar 13 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater Tue, Mar 15 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall Wed, Mar 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Thu, Mar 17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar Mon, Mar 21 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theater Wed, Mar 23 – Fayetteville, AR @ Roots HQ Fri, Mar 25 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa Sat, Mar 26 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar Sun, Mar 27 – Nashville, TN @ The Blue Room at Third Man Records Mon, Mar 28 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle Wed, Mar 30 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room Thurs, Mar 31 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern Fri, Apr 1 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage Sat, Apr 2 – Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios Sun, Apr 3 – Portsmouth, NH @ The Press Room Wed, Apr 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live Downstairs Thu, Apr 7 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg Fri, Apr 8 – Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts Sat, Apr 9 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair Tue, Apr 26 – Dublin, IE @ Whelans Thu, Apr 28 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Fri, Apr 29 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny Sat, Apr 30 – Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute Tue, May 3 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds Thu, May 5 – London, UK @ Electric Brixton Fri, May 6 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla Sat, May 7 – Brighton, UK @ CHALK Live Mon, May 9 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephémère Tue, May 10 – Brussels, BE @ AB Brussels Wed, May 11 – Cologne, DE @ Artheater Fri, May 13 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F Sat, May 14 – Munich, DE @ Kranhalle Sun, May 15 – Vienna, AT @ Chelsea Tue, May 17 – Berlin, DE @ Frannz Club Wed, May 18 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher Thu, May 19 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso