Watch Nilüfer Yanya perform “Midnight Sun” on “The Tonight Show”

Nilüfer Yanya was the musical guest of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (March 11) where she performed ‘Midnight Sun’ – watch the clip below.

Fresh off the release of second album “Painless” earlier this month (March 4), Yanya took The show tonight dressed in a pair of pink fairy wings and backed by a 3-piece band to perform the dreamy ‘Midnight Sun’.

Speaking about the track when it was first released as a single, Yanya said, “I really like the ‘midnight sun’ imagery as the lyrics because it insinuates a light that guides you through the darkness. The wings carry their own symbolism – freedom, lightness, flight, fantasy…”

“If I could choose what people saw and heard it would be: seeing the beauty of confrontation and the necessity of rebellion,” she added.

Watch Yanya perform “Midnight Sun” below:

Yanya kicks off her UK tour later this week with a show in Manchester, before playing in London and Bristol. She will then leave for Europe. You can buy tickets here and see the full list of dates below.

14 – Band On The Wall, Manchester UK
15 – Trinity, Bristol United Kingdom
16 – Electric Brixton, London, United Kingdom
20 – Trabendo, Paris FR
22 – Bogen F, Zurich CH
23 – Ampere, Munich DE
24 – Grelle Forelle, Vienna AT
26 – Säälchen, Berlin DE
27 – Nochtspeicher, Hamburg DE
28 – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam The Netherlands
30 – Botanique Orangerie, Brussels BE

Yanya was also confirmed to be supporting the Bombay Bicycle Club during their flagship show at London’s Crystal Palace on August 5.

In a three-star review of ‘Painless’, NME wrote, “Although these songs sound darker and peppered with fuzzy touches of grunge, there’s still an inherent sense of fun – although sometimes you wish Yanya would take things much further.”

“Even though ‘Painless’ sometimes settles into a steady, thumping groove, when Yanya goes wild, she’s at her best.”

Evelyn C. Tobin