Today, Rina Sawayama returns to announce a string of rescheduled dates for her North American tour. Set to kick off next year, she’ll begin the run September 28th in San Francisco and make twelve stops across the country including Chicago, Toronto, Boston and more before closing out the run October 24th in Brooklyn. The run includes an additional date in San Francisco and an added date in Denver. The Los Angeles date had to be cancelled for the time being, but a new LA date will be announced soon. Tickets are on-sale now.
The tour announcement arrives following the release of her critically acclaimed debut album SAWAYAMA. Lauded as “a thrilling musical adventure” by Rolling Stone and a “model (of) the creative promise of music in the streaming era” by The New York Times, SAWAYAMA is an intimate look into Rina’s world. The album encompasses her most personal music yet, featuring production from the likes of Clarence Clarity (exec producer along with Rina) and co-writes from Nicole Morier (Britney Spears) and Kyle Shearer (Carly Rae Jepson).
SAWAYAMA includes a diverse range of tracks, from the nu metal smash “STFU!,” to the club banger “Comme Des Garçons” and the track “Chosen Family,” her ode to the LGBTQ+ community. SAWAYAMA is an album that encompasses who Rina is. She explains: “The album ultimately is about family and identity. It’s about understanding yourself in the context of two opposing cultures (for me British and Japanese), what ‘belonging’ means when home is an evolving concept, figuring out where you sit comfortably within and awkwardly outside of stereotypes, and ultimately trying to be ok with just being you, warts and all.”
Born in Japan, Rina and her family emigrated to the UK when she was five years old. During her teenage years she discovered her love of music and academics, the latter leading to a place at Cambridge University where she also began to notice the cultural differences and ostracization amongst different races. These experiences allowed Rina to carve out her own identity, entwining her culture with her western life, evolving into an artist who defines her own unique style of pop.
Upcoming Tour Dates 2021:
9/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
9/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
10/5 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
10/6 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
10/13 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
10/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
10/16 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/18 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
10/20 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
10/22 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage
10/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore Philadelphia
10/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel