Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek to launch new album with gigs in Brighton and London

Having sold out their last show at The Jazz Cafe with months to spare, Derya Yıldırım and her band return for two more gigs, including their biggest UK show yet, at the Islington Assembly Hall.

This critically acclaimed modern super-quintet and their electrified and highly danceable Turkish psych sound follow up their debut album release Dost [Turkish for ‘friend’] last year with a second volume, simply titled Dost 2.

The new 8-track long player drops on 11 November – four days before the band takes to the stage at The Hope and Ruin in Brighton, followed by the Islington Assembly Hall a day later. After the UK, the band will travel to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Winterthur, and Waiblingen, delivering seven concerts in ten days.

Concert goers will have the chance to hear live the band’s newest songs laid on a bed of contemporary Anatolian folk grooves, and sprinkled with lashings of psychedelia and progressive rock flavours.

Led by vocalist Derya Yıldırım’s hypnotising bağlama and vocals, the group draws a meaningful continuity between Turkish folk traditions and their original song-writing to create a strong, dancefloor-friendly sonic identity and irresistible energy.

Concert Details

Title: Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek (Album Launch)


Date: Tuesday 15 November 2022

Time: 8pm

Venue: The Hope and Ruin, 11 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3WA

Admission: £15.00 (+ £1.50 booking fees). Concert is for 18+ only.

Tickets: tickets are available online via See Tickets – click here to access


Date: Wednesday 16 November 2022

Time: doors open 7pm

Venue: Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, London N1 2UD

Admission: £16.00 (+ £3.70 booking fees). Concert is for 16+ only.

Tickets: tickets are available online via Ticketweb – click here to access


Main image, top, of Derya Yıldırım, Sep. 2021, via Facebook / Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek