+ Sugar & The Hi-Lows
Tue 12 November 2019
Doors open: 19:00
£25 | £124 VIP* adv + cmsn
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Islington, London, N1 2UN.
Entry Requirements: Under 16s accompanied by an adult
Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson is back with one of the most intriguing album concepts of recent years. ‘Stranger Songs’ is a collection of ‘80s tinged synth-pop anthems inspired by the Netflix smash ‘Stranger Things’.
Today Ingrid also announces her first show in SEVEN years in London at the Union Chapel on Tuesday 12th November.
The concept of ‘Stranger Songs’ is already capturing the imagination of fans. The flirty, palpitating lead single ‘Missing You’ is inspired by the Nancy / Jonathan / Steve love triangle, and has already exceeded a million streams – in the process pushing Ingrid past 3 million monthly listeners at Spotify.
And that momentum continued with the percolating beats and immediate hook of single ‘Jealous’, which was co-written with Casey Smith (Jonas Brothers), Jason Evigan (Maroon 5), Cook Classics (Beyonce) and Gian Stone. It’s a snapshot of the moment Eleven uses her supernatural powers to trip a girl who’s talking to Mike, the object of her affections.
The idea for ‘Stranger Songs’ first emerged in 2017 when Ingrid wrote ‘Christmas Lights’, a poem based upon the relationship between Joyce Byers and her son Will. That poem evolved into a song, and instigated a period of creativity in which Ingrid wrote and recorded the album between November 2017 and spring of this year in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Nashville. It also empowered her to break new ground, embracing a contemporary sound that’s infused with an Eighties spirit.
As Ingrid explains, “I’ve already made seven records, I have a lot to say. But I’ve said it so much from the brain and mind and soul of Ingrid Michaelson. I wanted to create something through a different lens.
There’s something about ‘Stranger Things’ that’s really comforting, it brings me back to my childhood. It’s the best kind of escapism and I find myself seeking that now more than ever. I took inspiration from the show and the characters and all these ideas started to come to me. Every song on the record includes a reference from the show, some more specific than others, but all of the themes are universal.”
Eleven is the kindred spirit driving ‘Stranger Songs’, and the catalyst for the most recent and powerful song to be released ‘Pretty’, which recalls a scene in which the tomboyish heroine gets a makeover involving a blond wig. The video to ‘Pretty’ saw Michaelson joined by friends and family (including Meghan Trainor, Evan Rachel Wood, Hoda Kotb and many more) singing along in an unfiltered karaoke video. WATCH HERE
Other highlights include Best Friend’, a buoyant ode to Barb, who many fans believe was in love with Nancy, and ‘Hate You’, which continues the story told in ‘Missing You’. New single ‘Young and In Love’ is one of the more broader themed songs on the album, a nod to being a teenager with no responsibilities and falling in love with your friends.
“Nancy and Jonathan, Eleven and Mike, Lucas and Max” Ingrid explains, “it refers to every teenager who crosses from friendship into something more”.
Ingrid Michaelson collaborated on the album with writers and producers including Alex Hope (Carly Rae Jepson, Marina), Sarah Aarons (Khalid, Mabel), Jason Evigan (Madonna, Bebe Rexha), Katie Herzig, Cason Cooley and Sam de Jong.
‘Stranger Songs’ can be purchased from https://orcd.co/stranger_songs and will be released on Ingrid’s own independent label, Cabin 24 Records.
After four Billboard Top 20 albums, countless song placements in everything from ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to a Google ad, and co-writing the Cheryl Cole hit ‘Parachutes’, Ingrid Michaelson consistently sets the bar high. She recently announced that she will develop a musical adaptation of the best-selling novel ‘The Notebook’, which was later made into a much-loved film starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.
Before Ingrid Michaelson comes to London to perform, she will commence a North American tour in September which includes two homecoming shows at New York’s Webster Hall at the end of October. Please see https://www.ingridmichaelson.com/ for a full list of dates and ticket information.
Margins Cafe will be serving delicious, hot, homemade food at this event. All profits support The Margins Project, which works with people who face homelessness and crisis and is based here at the Chapel.
You must also have a ticket for this event to eat at Margins Cafe.
The Cafe opens to all ticket holders when the chapel doors open, scheduled to be 19:00 for this show.
We’re also taking limited early dinner reservations at 18:30 for this event. Be quick it can fill up fast!
How to book early dinner reservations:
You can book for dinner when buying your ticket through our site.
If the option doesn’t appear then it means dinner is fully booked.
If you have already purchased your ticket for this show you can check availability and book for all dates here.
If there are no tables available it will say ‘We are sorry but this event has sold out.’
Information for people with a reservation:
You’ll get an email with full details shortly before the event, however, you just need to come to the black gate to the left of the main entrance, marked Early Dinner Reservations at 18:30 and show your reservation and gig ticket.
– Organic beef stew with leeks and mash
– Ricotta, thyme and sweet potato bake
– Aubergine, red onion and feta quiche
– Broccoli and stilton quiche
– With salads
– Roasted apricot and almond tart with cream
VIP tickets include:
• One Event Ticket
• Individual Meet & Greet and Photo Opportunity with Ingrid Michaelson
• Access to Soundcheck Party
• Stranger Songs Bag
• Signed Holographic Laminate
• 10% off Merch Coupon
• Venue Early Entry (where applicable)
• First Access Merch Shopping
VIP tickets can be purchased through See Tickets.