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Anohni and Johnsons

ANOHNI and The Johnsons announce two nights at the Barbican

28 February 2024, 18:05 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

For the first time in 14 years, ANOHNI returns to the The Johnsons, with an eight-piece band including cellist Julia Kent, Maxim Moston, multi- instrumentalist Doug Wieselman, and guitarist/producer Jimmy Hogarth.

Drawing from songs throughout her catalogue, ANOHNI and the Johnsons present “It’s Time To Feel What’s Really Happening”two evenings of music at the Barbican on 1-2 July, embracing a time of change and upheaval, in which ANOHNI issues a call and challenge to herself and to the world to “Feel What's Really Happening”.

ANOHNI’s music has been characterised above all by her affecting voice. She found success in 2005 with the arrival of her second album, I Am a Bird Now, issued as Antony and the Johnsons, and was awarded the Mercury Music Prize. Subsequent releases included The Crying Light and Swanlights, and two live albums, Cut The World and TURNING.

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In 2016 she released a political experimental electronic-dance album HOPELESSNESS, which was again nominated for the Mercury prize. That year, ANOHNI was also nominated for an Academy Award for the song "Manta Ray,” an environmentalist elegy which appeared in the film Racing Extinction.

On My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross, ANOHNI’s sixth studio album, the artist is suggesting that we might yet transform our ways of thinking, our spiritual ideas, our societal structures, and our relationships with the rest of nature. The album’s central tenet, “It’s Time to Feel What’s Really Happening”, prescribes courage, resilience, humility and honesty in the face of a complex and sometimes harrowing landscape.

“For me, there’s no heavenly respite; Creation is a spectral and feminine continuum, and we are an inalienable part of Nature,” says ANOHNI.

Pre-sale is available at from 29 February, with general sale from Friday (1 March) at 10am.

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