Lily Allen Announces First North American Tour in Four Years

Melissa Rodriguez | June 4, 2018
Lily Allen 2018 Concert Tour

English singer-songwriter Lily Allen is ready to get back on the road this fall for her first North American tour in four years! The outing is in support of her upcoming album, No Shame, which is set for release on June 8.

Allen will kick off the 19-date U.S. leg on October 5 in Santa Ana, California. From there, she’ll hit several cities like Atlanta, New York, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Portland. The trek will conclude with a show in Seattle on November 8 at the Showbox.

The tour also includes a stop at the Austin City Limits Festival on October 12-14.

In honor of the tour announcement and to tease her upcoming album, Allen has released a new single titled, “Lost My Mind.” The song finds the U.K. artist questioning her own sanity after a painful breakup. Her album, No Shame, addresses the end of Allen's marriage, motherhood and the singer's hard-partying reputation.

"There's no shame in anything I’m saying," Allen previously said of the album in a statement.

The endeavor marks her fourth studio album since 2014’s Sheezus, which was followed by Allen’s last tour before her four-year hiatus.

Who Is Lily Allen?

Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper was born in west London as the daughter of the raucous Welsh actor/comedian Keith Allen and the English film producer Alison Allen. As a child, Allen attended some of the most prestigious schools in England, and her wild ways of drinking and smoking led to her being kicked out of 12 different schools.

While in school at age 11, Allen was overheard singing an Oasis song on the playground. Her teacher began giving her singing lessons during lunch, and Allen ended up singing "Baby Mine" during a school concert. This was a turning point for Allen; she knew then that she wanted to involve music in her future as a profession. She began taking lessons in piano, singing, violin, guitar, and trumpet. She also became a member of the school choir.

Allen decided to leave school at the age of 15 to focus on her musical career. As she began songwriting, she was also studying horticulture. Allen has stated that if she ever stopped being successful in her music, she would go back to being a florist.

At the end of 2005, Allen began posting demos of her songs on her MySpace page, using social media to attract a fan base and score a record contract in 2005.

Her first hit came in 2006 with the single, “Smile,” which peaked at number one on the U.K. Singles Chart. Her debut album, Alright, Still, earned her nominations for the Grammy Awards, Brit Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.

Her second studio album, It’s Not Me, It’s You, debuted at number one in 2009 on the U.K. Albums Chart and ARIA Charts and was well received by critics. It yielded hit singles like “The Fear” and “Fuck You,” and she was awarded a Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist at the 2010 show.

After the release of her second album, Allen took a hiatus from producing music. She launched her own record label in 2011, called In the Name Of. The label is backed financially by Sony Music, and the Cults were the first group to be signed to the label. She also started a clothing store, "Lucy in Disguise," and started a family.

She came back in 2013 with her third album, Sheezus, which earned generally positive reviews. It was supported by two singles, “Hard Out Here,” and “Air Balloon.”

Allen has said that she reserves songwriting for when she is in the studio. Outside the studio, she is "an observer of people and life."

She said in an interview: "That's my thing: people-watching. I'm so fascinated by human interaction and how people get on and why we do what we do. I try and take that fascination and put it into my music, for sure. When I'm genuinely fascinated by it I'm not doing it for the songwriting. I just use the songwriting as a vehicle for my fascination."

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