Suzanne Vega to celebrate albums anniversaries in Leeds

Following her critically acclaimed sold-out UK tour last year, New York singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega has announced a series of dates in August, to continue the celebrations of the 30th and 25th anniversaries respectively of her albums Solitude Standing and 99.9F by performing both in full.

The three-date mini tour visits Guildford and Bexhill before finishing at Leeds Town Hall on Tuesday August 21.

Vega will perform tracks such as Luka, Tom’s Diner, and Blood Makes Noise from Solitude Standing and 99.9F. Tom’s Diner is often referred to as the ‘Mother of the MP3’, as it lays claim to the first track to use the pioneering audio compression.

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Having emerged as a leading figure in the folk-music revival of the early 1980s accompanying herself simply with an acoustic guitar, Vega released Solitude Standing, her second album, in 1987. The record would go on to chart at number 2 in the UK and number 11 in the USA, going platinum and earning a nomination for Record of the Year at the Grammys in the process.

Always pushing the boundaries of music both lyrically and sonically, Vega released 99.9F in 1992, and album with a more electronic sound, which brought descriptions of ‘industrial folk’ and ‘techno folk’. The record was certified gold, and also won a New York Music Award for Best Rock Album.

On looking back on these two pivotal albums in her career, Suzanne Vega says: “These songs were written and recorded many years ago, but I still love playing them live, and have ever since the albums first came out. Now to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Solitude Standing and the 25th anniversary of 99.9F, my band and I will perform them both in their entirety for the very first time. Please join me for this very special concert.”

Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday April 20 and are available from