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Lianne La Havas announces her residency at London’s new KOKO

Lianne La Havas has announced a residency at KOKO, a newly restored London venue, this spring.

The singer-songwriter will play three dates on site, May 9, 10 and 11. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9 a.m., and you can find them here.

These will be La Havas’ first concerts since releasing their self-titled third album in July 2020, due to pandemic-related delays.

The residency will also mark some of the first shows at KOKO in three years. The venue originally closed in 2019 for a planned £70million refurbishment.

A CGI impression of KOKO after renovation. CREDIT: Recent Spaces

It had been hoped that KOKO would only be shut down for a year, but their plans suffered major setbacks. In January 2020, there were fears for KOKO’s future after a fire broke out at the site, while the coronavirus pandemic and “colossal water damage” also hampered progress.

Earlier today (February 16), La Havas returned to Twitter after it emerged their account had been hacked.

“Okiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. I haven’t started a new career selling PlayStations. I’ve been hacked. How’s everyone’s day so far?” Havas tweeted, after the hacker posted some tweets about a Sony Playstation contest.

She added, “I love you and I’ve missed you. I’m craving fried plantain.

In September, La Havas was among the winners of the 2021 Ivor Novello Awards, celebrating the best British songwriters and composers. His self-titled LP was named “Best Album”.

In a four-star review of the album, NME said: “By giving herself space to follow her musical intuitions, Lianne La Havas may have finally found herself.

“On the closing track, actually, she says it best. “I’m done settling for less than I deserve,” she sings. Whether she’s talking about love, her career or both, it’s a joy to see her finally win.

She revealed to NME last year that she is now working on the follow-up. “All I can say is that it’s a lot of fun right now. It turns out really cheerful, which I love,” she said. “I feel like I’ve released all my anxiety on this last album. [‘Lianne La Havas’]and now it’s time to laugh.