Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Instagram Live Kitchen Disco’s during the Covid-19 lockdown were a means of virtual escapism for many and became weekly moments of united sequined catharsis for the hundreds of thousands tuning in.
Now as we emerge into the world again, Sophie has announced the Kitchen Disco Tour for 2021; bringing together all of the camp and frivolity of her original show to live stages across the country.
The tour will begin in Glasgow at the Royal Concert Hall on 7th May, taking in Birmingham, Southend, the iconic London Palladium on 13th May, De La Warr Pavilion, Guildford, and Manchester, before finishing at the Leeds Town Hall on 19th May.
On the Kitchen Disco Tour, Sophie said: “During lockdown, our family kitchen discos became a precious time where we could all bop about and be a bit silly. It made me feel connected to everyone who joined us and I can honestly say the music was a real tonic which brought sparkly joy to my soul every Friday. The discos we shared have inspired me and now I want to see all your faces so I can sing for you. I want to give everyone a night where just for a little while, we can all lose ourselves under the mirror ball and dance and have fun. Won’t that feel magical?! I CANNOT WAIT!”
The weekly live Instagram streams brought together the two main roles Sophie balances in her life: performer and mother. Underneath the family’s sparkling kitchen disco ball, Sophie, her husband Richard Jones (who also plays bass in Sophie’s live band), and their children’s familial exuberance put a smile on the face of the hundreds of thousands watching live on Instagram. The individual videos of songs from the performances also garnered millions of views on Twitter.
Looking forward to 2021, the Live Kitchen Disco Tour will bring the virtual to life, cooking-up classic glitter ball staples and Sophie’s own dancefloor-beckoning bangers from across her seven albums, as well as a variety of well-known classics including Our House by Madness and My Favourite Things from the Sound of Music, in a thoroughly domestic Studio-54 sensation for disco divas of all ages.
Ahead of these incredible live dates, Sophie will release a new album Songs From The Kitchen Disco on 23rd October, which will be a collection of the songs that soundtracked her lockdown kitchen disco. The album will feature all of Sophie's biggest and best-known disco hits in one place for the first time ever! Available on various colourful and collectable formats (CD, Double Vinyl LP and Tape) the album will include 6 Top 10 hits, including Murder On The Dancefloor and Take Me Home, plus a brand new single to be announced soon.
Sophie also recently launched her new podcast, Spinning Plates, with each one hour episode featuring an interview with another working mother about the difficulties and joys of a work/life balance. With episodes so far featuring Fearne Cotton and Caitlin Moran, the podcast has already become Apple's number one Parenting podcast everywhere from the UK to Greece to Ecuador.
Full tour details are as follows:
7th May Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
9th May Birmingham Symphony Hall
10th May Southend Cliff Pavilion
13th May London Palladium
15th May Bexhill On Sea De La Warr Pavilion
17th May Guildford G Live
19th May Leeds Town Hall
London: £60.50, £44.50, £33.50, £29.50
All other venues: £50.50, £37.50, £30.50, £27.5