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Sufjan Stevens

Sunday 30 August 2015
Edinburgh Playhouse

To celebrate the release of his forth coming album Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan Stevens will play a special European tour date at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Carrie & Lowell was recorded by Stevens alongside Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester and Thomas Bartlett. The eleven songs address life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love. The album is named for Stevens’s mother and stepfather and is a return to his folk roots.

The concert will begin with support from Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear at 8.00pm. The venue will open 60 minutes prior to the support act. 

On his most emotionally draining album, he joins Nick Drake and Elliott Smith in the canon of artists who channel suicidal thoughts into impossibly pretty songs.

The Rolling Stone

Stevens remains at the height of his powers — capable of work as individual, compassionate and powerful as any American composer working today.

The Washington Post

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  • Running time: 
    2 hours and 30 minutes approximately


Edinburgh Playhouse

18-22 Greenside Place



Find out more about Sufjan Stevens

Twitter: @asthmatickitty

Sufjan Stevens's soundtrack to Round-up will also at the Festival. Find more information here

Find out more about support act Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear

Sufjan Stevens | The Herald

August 31st 2015

Stevens has an uncanny knack for couching his emotional blows in warm, sublime, uplifting songs, and this, teamed with stunning lighting and electrifying arrangements (...) made for a life-affirming show. (★★★★★)

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Review by: 

Nicola Meighan
The Herald

Sufjan Stevens | The Telegraph

August 31st 2015

From sublime to fragile, sombre to beautiful, and universal to intimate, this was an exhilarating concert of perfect balance (★★★★★)

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Review by: 

Charlotte Runcie
The Telegraph

Sufjan Stevens | The Independent

August 31st 2015

An experience utterly in control of its own stunning aesthetic (★★★★)

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Review by: 

David Pollock
The Independent

Sufjan Stevens | The Guardian

August 31st 2015

 overwhelming (★★★★★)

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Review by: 

Graeme Virtue
The Guardian

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


Grand circle: £30 £25
Stalls: £30 £25 £20
Balcony: £25 £20

Current discounts

Under 18s: 50% off
Students: 50% off
Young Scot card holders: 50% off