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Nitin Sawhney announces Royal Albert Hall show to mark 20 years of Beyond Skin

Nitin Sawhney

Story by Jack Foley

MULTI-award-winning artist Nitin Sawhney will play a special Beyond Skin 20th anniversary show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Thursday, September 26, 2019. Tickets are available here.

The one-off show will be an exclusive UK performance and will be the first live presentation of the classic album in its entirety.

Upon its initial release in 1999, Beyond Skin was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and won the South Bank Show Award.

Speaking about the show, Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “We’re very proud and excited to welcome Nitin to the Hall for this anniversary performance of Beyond Skin – an urgent, arresting and unforgettable creative statement that sounds as fresh, timely and vital as it did 20 years ago.

“This special, one-off show is a unique chance to see one of the most important musicians of his generation recreating the dazzling artistic achievement that made his name: live and in full for the very first time.”

Since 1999 and the release of his ground-breaking album, Beyond Skin, Nitin has successfully navigated a career in the arts that can only be described as polymathic.

The British composer, producer, songwriter, album artist, club DJ, broadcaster, multi-instrumentalist and orchestrator holds six honorary doctorates, two fellowships, an honorary degree, the 2017 Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award and most recently a CBE.

The album Beyond Skin is as significant a record today as it was 20 years ago, as Nitin explains: “In this year where Brexit negotiations, political turmoil and chaos have brought issues of identity, nationality, race and religion into focus once more, the themes of Beyond Skin are more relevant than ever.

“Featuring a host of talented musicians and guests, the show will seek to not only recreate and reflect upon the journey of the album, but also forge an unforgettable live event that marks Britain’s most culturally challenging year for decades.”