Erja Lyytinen Releases “Black Ocean” Video Leading Up To her “Diamonds On The Road” April UK Tour

“Erja Lyytinen may sing the Blues, but she has a smile that 
could light up an entire city and is as infectious as her music.” 

– Fireworks Magazine

“She once again left the crowd with memories of a night filled with electrifying guitar solos, infectious energy, and an artist truly connected to her craft and fans.” 

– Metal Planet Music

Today, internationally acclaimed guitarist, and singer songwriter Erja Lyytinen has released a live video of “Black Ocean” to dovetail her Diamonds On The Road 10-date UK tour in April 2024. Tickets are available from

Watch the “Black Ocean“ live video at

The forthcoming UK tour is named after Erja’s live album Diamonds On The Road, that was originally released by Tuohi Records in October 2023. The album is available on Double CD, vinyl and digital HERE.

“I can’t wait to tour the UK in April,” says Erja. “2024 has kicked off at full speed. We’ve been doing shows on Finnish National TV and then we began our full Diamonds on The Road tour across Finland. We have performed at numerous rock clubs and theatres.”

“Right now, we are rehearsing for my first Symphony Orchestra gigs that will be held in a concert hall in Lohja, Finland. I’ve always loved The Moody Blues album “The Days of Future Passed” which was recorded together with the London Symphony Orchestra, so it’s very cool to get my own compositions arranged for a full orchestra.

Continues Erja, “This Spring will be an interesting ride! We will be visiting Australia and performing at the world-famous Byron Bay Blues Festival, which I am very much looking forward to, as I have never played there before.

“Finally heading to my favourite country, the UK for a 10-date tour with my band. We will be also playing in Scotland, where we haven’t played since 2019. It will also be wonderful to return to the HRH Blues festival after many years. I can’t wait to enjoy a pint in the local pubs during these two weeks and pop in to all the tea rooms I can possibly find!”

Some may argue that music is born in the studio, but it comes to life and evolves when performed live on stage. With a live album, there is no safety net. You get one shot at capturing those perfect moments and preserving them forever. Erja Lyytinen’s live album Diamonds On The Road is evident of this.

“When playing live, you’ve got one moment to get it right, and then the moment is gone,” says Erja. “There is no correcting stuff later. It is very raw and exciting to play and sing at the same time. The adrenaline runs through your body, and everything around you affects your performance.

Diamonds On The Road
 marks Erja Lyytinen’s fourth live album, and follows on from Songs from the Road, Live in London, and Lockdown Live. The new album is the first concert release from the gifted guitarist to capture the post-Covid live experience. Diamonds On The Road is available to purchase HERE.

“Diamonds on the Road was recorded towards the end of our Spring tour in March 2023,” says Erja. “We played ten shows in a row, of which eight were sold out. The band had a good flow going, and the songs were rolling nicely.”

Erja attributes some of those changes to her equipment and repertoire of trusty axes. “Since my last live recording, my live guitar arsenal has grown quite a bit. I have five to six guitars, from Strats and Teles to custom-made guitars, on stage with me. It´s quite cool to dig out the different characteristics of each guitar. I´m using my road-worn Fender Custom Shop guitar on the songs “Black Ocean” and “Never Really Had You.” I had the guitar fine-tuned right before the tour and added it to my live arsenal. I feel as though it has been a sin to keep this Strat as my sofa guitar for years!”

The songs featured on Diamonds On The Road highlight the old, the new, the borrowed and the blues. “For the set list of the live album, we had a mixture of my favourite old songs and then a selection of the songs from my latest studio album, Waiting for The Daylight,” explains Erja. “We also recorded a Jimi Hendrix classic, “Crosstown Traffic.” I made my own version of it by playing the song using slide! It is so cool to play the song, and, on the recording, it is our first encore.”

Diamonds on The Road showcases Erja and the band doing what they do best, playing concerts for their fans. “I have always loved performing live, but now, I enjoy playing even more and saying this on behalf of my band; I think they do, too. Performing live is stronger, more relaxed, and empowering. I´m grateful to be a guitarist and singer who is giving her best for the audience each night. It is the best thing you can do with your pants on,” concludes Erja.

Faversham, The Old Brewery Store
Thursday 4 April 2024
Tickets: Ticket SourceNewcastle, Cluny
Friday 5 April 2024
Tickets: ticketwebEdinburgh, The Voodoo Rooms
Saturday 6 April 2024
Tickets: ticketweb

York, The Crescent Community Centre
Sunday 7 April 2024
Tickets: ticketweb

Southampton, The 1865
Tuesday 9 April 2024
Tickets: ticketweb

London, The Half Moon
Wednesday 10 April 2024
Tickets: Halfmoon

Blackpool, Waterloo
Thursday 11 April 2024
Tickets: SeeTickets

Melton Mowbray, Eastwell Village Hall
Friday 12 April 2024
Tickets: WeGotTickets

Leicester, HRH Blues Festival

Leicester, O2 Academy
Saturday 13 April 2024
Tickets: HRH BluesDudley, The Lamp Tavern
Sunday 14 April 2024
Tickets: The Kates Hill Press
Live photo by Elsa Wellamo