A former X Factor Turkey [Star Işığı X Factor] finalist and favourite to win before the channel took the show off air, pop star İlyas Yalçıntaş’s electrifying performances on national television and song writing ability proved his star quality.
His debut single, İncir, which he had penned and sang live on X Factor in 2014, became an instant hit when released the following year.
The Erzincan-born singer’s first album, İcimdeki Duman, fifteen heartfelt ballads, a mixture of covers and his own material, confirmed his arrival. A video of the title track, filmed in Greece, has racked up over 134 million views on YouTube. In 2017, he won the coveted Altın Kelebek [Golden Butterfly] Best New Artist prize.
Yalçıntaş has gone on to record many more hit songs since: Gel Be Gökyüzüm (2017), Yağmur (feat. Aytaç Kart, 2018), Şehrin Yolu (feat. Feride Hilal Akın, 2018) and his latest hit single Kirli Kadeh (2019) which amassed 1.2 million views on YouTube in its first two weeks of release.
Staying true to his art and oozing youthful charm, the singer / songwriter has a growing international fan base, so make sure you buy your tickets early to see his first concert in London, at the O2 Academy Islington next month.
Title: Ilyas Yalcintas: Live in London
Date: Sunday 13 October 2019
Time: Doors open 7pm
Venue: O2 Academy Islington, 16 Parkfield Street, Islington, London N1 OPS
Tickets: £40 to £46 available online here