Anohni and the Johnsons played their first show in nine years in Athens last night (June 13) – read on to see the footage.

READ MORE: Anohni – ‘My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross’ review: a sublime soul reinvention

The group last performed live in June 2015, the final show taking place in Hobart, Australia. That absence came to an end in the Greek capital’s Odeon of Herodes Atticus on Thursday with a show that took in material from across their career, as well as Anohni’s 2016 solo album ‘Hopelessness’.

The group were introduced by the renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic, and gave live debuts to a number of songs, including ‘It Must Change’, ‘Can’t’ and ‘Why Am I Alive Now?’

Check out footage below:

Anohni and the Johnsons shared their new single ‘Breaking’ this week, a track taken from the sessions that produced last year’s album ‘My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross’. In a four-star review of the record, NME wrote: “It should come as no surprise that Anohni has cited Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ as one of the guiding lights for this project.

“As well as sonic touchpoints – there’s much of Gaye in the record’s smooth melodic momentum – both are proof that music that is warm, inviting and tender can still be vital and engaged; that beauty, hope, rage, disillusion, dejection, sorrow and joy can not only co-exist, but thrive in one another’s company.”

Anohni will also be embarking on an extensive North American tour later in the year with the Johnsons.

“It is my first time touring since 2016, and first time with a band in 14 years,” ANOHNI said.  I feel like I want to sing for people, to affirm that these times are unprecedented, and to hold and express a sense of what’s really happening.”

Tour dates are below, and tickets are on sale here.

ANOHNI and the Johnsons’ 2024 tour dates are: 

15 – Ravenna – Pala De Andrea – Ravenna Festival
18 – Madrid – Noches de Botanica
20 – San Sebastian, Kursaal Auditorium
26 – Paris – Philharmonie de Paris
27 – Paris – Philharmonie de Paris
29 – Manchester – The Hall, Aviva Studios

1 – London – The Barbican (SOLD OUT)
2 – London – The Barbican (SOLD OUT)
6 – Ghen – Ghent Jazz Festival (SOLD OUT)
9 – Berlin – Citadel Music Festival
12 – Copenhagen – DR Koncerthuset – Copenhagen Jazz Festival
13 – Copenhagen – DR Koncerthuset – Copenhagen Jazz Festival

24 – Mexico City – Teatro Metropolitan
27 – Los Angeles – Walt Disney Concert Hall
28 – Los Angeles – Walt Disney Concert Hall

1 – Oakland – Fox Theatre
5 – Vancouver – Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
7 – Seattle – The Paramount
12 – Chicago – Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center
15 – Toronto – Massey Hall
18 – Brooklyn – BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
19 – Brooklyn – BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

The UK and Europe leg of the ANOHNI and the Johnsons concert tour includes two sold out shows at London’s Barbican on July 1 and 2.

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