Sufjan Stevens planning summer 2016 tour

Sufjan Stevens will play four shows at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Vivid LIVE festival later this month, but he has told triple j host Zan Rowe that he’s planning to return to Australia early next year to play a more extensive tour.

“We’ve been talking about 2016, coming out for the summer and playing in the other cities,” he revealed. “I had such an incredible time travelling around to Adelaide and Melbourne and Perth during the Age Of Adz tour [in early 2011]. It was one of the highlights of my touring life, so I definitely want to come back.”

In his only radio interview since the release of his new album Carrie & Lowell, Stevens also spoke about the cathartic experience of performing the songs about his mother Carrie who abandoned Stevens and his siblings when they were young. “The band is really small, there’s five of us,” he told Rowe. “It’s mostly deliberately simple and austere. We are playing the record in its entirety, which has been really, really difficult. But the show has a lot more dynamic range than the record … We allow for the songs – especially the kind of ambient, new age moments in the record – we love for them to develop more robustly on-stage than they do on the record.” Listen to the full J File interview here