Off the radar: will we see Sufjan Stevens at European festivals again?

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Sufjan Stevens
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Sufjan Stevens is one of the most appreciated singer-songwriter in the world. Unfortunately he is not a regular at festivals but we all hope to see him showing up at European festivals in the future.

Who is Sufjan Stevens?

Sufjan Stevens is a songwriter and multi-intrumentalist from Detroit. The genres he plays range from folk to electronica passing through indie rock and baroque pop. Sufjan boasts seven solo studio albums and two more recent collaboration albums. He also works on other projects such as soundtracks (The BQE, 2009. The Decalogue, 2019). Sufjan Stevens‘ ‘Mystery of Love’, written for the drama film Call Me by Your Name, has been nominated for Academy Awards and Grammy Awards. In 2015 he publishes his latest solo LP and masterpiece inspired by the death of his mother, Carrie & Lowell. One of the best album of that year.

What is he doing now?

In March 2020, Sufjan Stevens and his stepfather Lowell Brams release a collaboration album, Aporia, on their own label “Asthmatic Kitty”. Aporia is a new-age music record. The inspiration comes a lot from Enya and Boards of Canada. For the hard-core fan Aporia is not as inspiring, but anyway, the overall critics are quite favourable.

Will Sufjan Stevens play European festivals again?

Sadly the American musician is not an habitué of festivals. Especially in Europe, his appearances are very rare. In the last decade he did a bunch of U.S. festivals (Coachella, Boston Calling, Sasquatch!, Pitchfork) and a couple of festivals in Europe including Primavera Sound 2011 and a historic gig at End Of The Road. In 2020, there were some rumors that he would perform at a couple of festivals (Primavera Sound and Bilbao BBK Live) but in the end he has not been announced. Let’s hope that the situation due to COVID-19 outbreak will be solved soon, as we would be very pleased if Sufjan Stevens will finally show up in Europe for a festival tour in 2021.

Father of a beautiful child, I’m a psychologist, currently working as an educator. I live in Trieste, a wonderful city in the North eastern part of Italy. I’m a festival addicted and I usually spend my summers going to one or traveling around. I love football and craft beer.