Going out: Bat for Lashes coming to the Cambridge Corn Exchange

DOUBLE Mercury prize nominee Bat for Lashes visits Cambridge this week. The musician, real name Natasha Khan, will be bringing her peculiar brand of twisted folk to the Corn Exchange this Sunday, October 4. She returned to prominence this year with her se

DOUBLE Mercury prize nominee Bat for Lashes visits Cambridge this week.

The musician, real name Natasha Khan, will be bringing her peculiar brand of twisted folk to the Corn Exchange this Sunday, October 4.

She returned to prominence this year with her second album, Two Suns, which came out in April and went straight in at number four in the charts.

Born in the UK of Pakistani parents, she started singing under the name Bat for Lashes while at university in Brighton.


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Her debut album, Fur and Gold, was released in 2006, and Khan's haunting voice led to draw immediate comparisons with Kate Bush, although stylistically the two singers are someway apart.

Fur and Gold was nominated for the Mercury prize in 2007, but lost out to Klaxon's Myths of the Near Future.

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Undeterred, Khan began working on Two Suns, a concept album which focuses on her desert-born alter-ego named Pearl. Although this may sound slightly bizarre, Two Suns has been nominated by many critics as one of 2009's top records. Indeed, it saw the singer once again named on the Mercury shortlist, although this time the judges plumped for Speech Debelle. The second single from the album, entitled Pearls Dream, is already a live favourite among fans.

To hear some of the tracks for yourself, get along to the Corn Exchange on October. Tickets are �17, and subject to a �2 booking fee. The gig begins at 7.30pm.

For more information, or to book, call the box office on 01223 357 851, or visit www.cornex.co.uk.

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