17 year old UK singer/songwriter Declan McKenna, will make his US debut with a slate of live shows. McKenna is scheduled to perform multiple shows at the 2016 SXSW Music Festival, kicking off on March 13 as part of the Barbarian Group showcase at the Mohawk in Austin, Texas (see dates below). He heads to Manhattan after his week of SXSW appearances for his anticipated New York City debut at Rockwood Music Hall on March 23. Open to the public, tickets for Declan’s Rockwood Music Hall show can be purchased here.
Declan first received notice in the UK for his self-released track, “Brazil,” a catchy song that criticizes FIFA for awarding the 2014 World Cup tournament to Brazil while ignoring the country’s impoverished population. Named by NME and others as one of the ‘best songs of the past year,’ “Brazil” is gaining traction in the United States. “Brazil” is currently a Top 20 Record on Alternative Radio Mediabase. Led by SiriusXM’s AltNation, “Brazil” is their number one most played song, receiving over 1,000 spins to date, and has spent multiple weeks at #1 on the #Alt18 Countdown. McKenna was also cited among other noteworthy newcomers on Sirius XM’s Artists To Watch in 2016. “Brazil” is now also impacting Triple A.
Declan was raised in Hertfordshire UK, a multi-instrumentalist by the time he was a teenager, he began releasing tracks on his bandcamp page when “Brazil” began to attract viral followers in January 2015. He’s since performed at Glastonbury, after winning their Emerging Talent Competition and is confirmed for other festivals this summer, including The Great Escape, Field Day and Latitude among others. For more information please visit Declan McKenna official website at www.declanmckenna.net.
Upcoming U.S. Declan McKenna shows:
97x Freesome, St. Petersburg, FL
Radio 105.7 Presents Sham Rock The Station, Atlanta, GA
SXSW-Barbarian Group Showcase at Mohawk (8:20 pm CST)
SXSW- Latitude 30/British Music Embassy presented by Huw Stephens (10:00 pm CST)
SXSW- Radio Day Stage presented by KCRW (4:00 pm CST)
SXSW-The Yard presented by The Most Definitely & The Concord Group (3:00 pm CST)
SXSW-Empire Control Room presented by Neon Gold (TBD 8-11pm CST)
SXSW- Rachael Ray Feedback 2016 at Stubb’s BBQ (12:30 pm CST)
Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
CD102.5 Day, Side A 2016, Columbus, OH