“Ublinking candour and self exploration.” – Sunday Times Culture
“Lilla Vargen is on the cusp of something important.” – Clash
“Lilla Vargen has that rare ability to emote, educate and transport.” – Wonderland
“Expect more great things from her in 2020.” – The Independent
Having accumulated 30 million streams and completed a huge arena tour as guest to Dermot Kennedy, Lilla Vargen is one of Ireland’s fastest rising new talents. After a break this Summer writing and recording, she now builds towards next year’s release of her eagerly anticipated debut album by sharing her new single ‘Blueprints’. Listen HERE.
‘Blueprints’ is already established as a fan favourite as a regular set closer at Lilla’s live shows. And it’s easy to see why. The heart-breaking pop ballad is both theatrical in its drama and candid in its intimacy. Her beautifully evocative vocals surge with the emotion of someone who has lived through everything she is expressing.
“Blueprints is a song I wrote during a time of change in my life. I was saying goodbye to someone I loved and starting a new adventure on my own. We all tend to plan ahead so much, but sometimes life can send us in a different direction. This song is about making sure you plan for yourself as well as for those you love. Life is unpredictable and people can either stick with you or leave you.
I think right now, with everything that’s going on in the world, releasing this song and it’s message has extra meaning. I’ve found this year to be incredibly difficult for a number of reasons and hopefully this song is something that people can relate to & find comfort and solace in,” says Lilla.
Produced by Phil Cook (Birdy, Lewis Capaldi), ‘Blueprints’ is Lilla’s first release since she shared ‘Love You Twice’ back in April. That single has been positioned at #1 on The Most Beautiful Songs In The World playlist (2.1 million followers) during a three-month run. Having so far released fewer than a dozen tracks, Lilla has already achieved seven Top 15 New Music Friday adds at Spotify plus numerous key playlists at Apple Music. Radio is rapidly gaining traction too, with Radio 1airplay from Phil Taggart, Huw Stephens and Best New Pop alongside support from Radio X and Ireland’s RTÉ 1 and 2.
Hailing from Ballymena, Lilla Vargen headed to London to pursue her calling in music. She writes songs rich with emotion and empathy, a quality that builds a connection with a following that suffered or survived the issues that she explores. Full of passion yet never overstated, her vocal illuminates the heart of those stories. She has regularly collaborated with the MyRiotproduction duo, whose credits include London Grammar and Halsey.
Lilla Vargen is set to make a long-awaited return to live shows, with the news that her biggest headline tour to date has been rescheduled to autumn 2021. The tour, listed below, has been extended with shows in Manchester and Birmingham.
23rd – Edinburgh, The Caves (change of venue)
25th – Belfast, Voodoo
26th – Dublin, Whelan’s
28th – Manchester, The Deaf Institute (Added Due To Demand)
29th – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge (Added Due To Demand)