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Barbican announces ANOHNI and the Johnsons: It’s Time To Feel What’s Really Happening

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For the first time in a decade, ANOHNI presents a concert with The Johnsons. Drawing from her new album My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross as well as songs from throughout her catalogue, ANOHNI issues a challenge to herself and to the world to Feel What's Really Happening. 

Over two nights at the Barbican, ANOHNI will be joined by a 9-piece band including Julia Kent (cello), Maxim Moston, Doug Wieselman (multi-instrumentalists) and Jimmy Hogarth (guitarist/producer). 

Born in the UK and raised in Amsterdam and California, ANOHNI relocated to NYC in her late teens, forming Antony and the Johnsons in 1998 and establishing a unique path in music with a focus on trans and eco-feminist themes. ANOHNI's musical journey has spanned genres – from electronic experimental to avant-classical, dance, and soul. Achieving breakthrough success in 2005 with I Am a Bird Now (Rough Trade 2005), credited as Antony and the Johnsons, she garnered the UK Mercury Music Prize. Notable releases since include The Crying Light (Antony Hegarty under Rough Trade 2009), Swanlights (2010), and live albums Cut The World (2012) and TURNING (2014). In 2016, she explored political experimental electronic dance with HOPELESSNESS, nominated for the Mercury Prize. The same year, she received an Academy Award nomination for the environmentalist elegy, Manta Ray, featured in the film Racing Extinction (dir. Louie Psihoyos, 2015). 

Her sixth studio album, My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross (Rebis Music 2023), navigates diverse subject matter through an emotive and animist lens, encouraging a transformation of perspectives on thinking, spiritual ideas, societal structures, and relationships with nature. The central theme: It’s Time to Feel What’s Really Happening advocates for courage, resilience, humility, and honesty in the face of a complex landscape. The record was named the #1 album of 2023 by The New Yorker. ANOHNI emphasizes, "For me, there’s no heavenly respite; Creation is a spectral and feminine continuum, and we are an inalienable part of Nature." 

On sale to Barbican members 10am Wed 28 Feb, ANOHNI exclusive pre-sale at Thurs 29 Feb, on sale to the General Public 10am Fri 1 Mar. 

Produced by the Barbican, Serious and Rebis Music 

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