Kiran Leonard // In Short


Teenaged multi-instrumentalist Kiran Leonard has announced his first UK headline tour, which pulls into London’s Sebright Arms on July 18 and returns to see him play Visions festival on August 2.

No stranger to the BBC 6Music playlist, and much loved by bloggers and critics alike, Kiran released Bowler Hat Soup on Hand Of Glory Records last winter, following the success of singles Dear Lincoln and Port-Ainé.

A spectacular live performer, Kiran is backed by a virtuoso band featuring members of Plank!, NASDAQ and Easter, playing a visceral and furious take on his varied catalogue of songs. After witnessing him opening the main stage at the BBC 6Music festival in Salford in March, Marc Riley declared: “That was one of the best things I’ve ever seen”.

Still only 18, and gathering more and more attention from fans and critics alike, this is your best chance to catch the rising star before he heads back into academia this autumn term.

If I had to describe my music in 3 words, I’d use…
“Ask my mum”

My favourite film ever is…
Either Independence Day, or Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

The most famous person I’ve met is…

The song I hate the most is…
That one. On the old advert. What was it called? I don’t know. I haven’t heard it in so long. I’m trying to remember how it goes now. It used to come on more or less every ad break on Nickelodeon as a kid. There was that snare roll…….. then silence… then… uhm… hmmmMMMMMhmmmm… TTTSSSSSKKKKKOKOKOKOKOOOOOOOHWOULDN’TAHLIKETASHOWYOU…..fffffmmmmpmpmpmpmpmpmpmstsmtstm…..temtemtemtemtemtemtemtemtemtemtemtemtemTEMTEMKUKU BRU-KUN! And the shrieking, the hideous shrieking, like bats! Jesus it was horrible. I used to have to the leave the room, I couldn’t take it. I think it was for health insurance

The Worst Job I’ve ever had is…
Not due until after I graduate

If I was in a tribute band it would be a….
One-time drunken proposal, never executed

My Favourite word is….

If I had a super power I’d want it to be….

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Indoors. Maybe outdoors.

I think you should listen to…
The government

If I could see anyone play live it would be…


Live: Sebright Arms – July 18th

Buy: Kiran Leonard – Bowler Hat Soup