Manchester R&B Sensation Pip Millett Sells Out UK Tour
by Geoff Ford
One of the most compelling voices in UK R&B, Pip Millett, will play a series of completely sold-out UK live shows this autumn in support of her latest EP, Motion Sick (out now via Dream Life/Sony Music).
Following on from her critically acclaimed offerings Running ft. Ghetts and Hard Life, the EP fleshes out Pip’s thoughts on the wider world and her inner life. The unreleased tracks Braid it Back, Sad Girls ft. Gaidaa and Best Things see Pip’s confessional lyricism through a prism of soul, boom-bam and hip-hop, featuring production from Joice (Jorja Smith, Loyle Carner, Stormzy) and Josh Crocker (Celeste, Kali Uchis, Gotts Street Park), offering refreshingly blunt thoughts on the state of the black experience in the UK, identity, loss and family legacy.
“without change there cannot be any growth”
“I have often felt lost when things around me have started to change,” Pip says. “In recent times I’ve realised I’m simply Motion Sick. My core self is still there but without change there cannot be any growth. Motion Sick is about the various changes in my life. With this change I have tried to find comfort in the simple things.”
Pip’s dignity and rare poise continue to garner attention across the loudest of publications: i-D, Crack, Mixmag, Highsnobiety and Love Magazine alongside major support across BBC Radio1, Xtra and 6Music, underlining the sense of an extremely special artist forging her own lane. Developing a reputation for her ability to reflect on political and social issues in a deeply personal and evocative way, Running tackled the realities of “being black in an unequal white, western world.”
Her effortless performance on COLORS Berlin with her debut Make Me Cry has meanwhile racked up north of 4.5million views. It was a breakout moment for Pip, one that she juggled alongside completing her final year of university in London, where she studied music. “I played the song at uni and my tutors said that it wasn’t catchy,” she says. The more than four million people who have watched Pip’s COLORS performance since then appear to disagree.
With the likes of Jorja Smith calling her an artistic muse, her sold-out UK tour in October 2021 (over 4000 tickets sold) sees Pip defining herself as a thrillingly potent and compelling artist, able to balance mainstream appeal on BBC Radio1 with critical appreciation from the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs, Benji B and Gilles Peterson.
In only three years, the 23 year-old Manchester talent has developed into one of our most thoughtful homegrown voices, and with the release of Motion Sick, one of the UK’s most exciting talents.
Pip Millett plays the following UK live dates this autumn;
Tuesday 26 October, Glasgow King Tut’s (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday 27 October, Manchester Academy 3 (SOLD OUT)
Thursday 28 October, Leeds Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen (SOLD OUT)
Friday 29 October, Birmingham 02 Institute 3 (SOLD OUT)
Monday 1 November, London Village Underground (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday 2 November, Bristol Exchange (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday 3 November, Brighton Patterns (SOLD OUT)
Friday 5 November, London Islington Assembly Hall (SOLD OUT)