HEILUNG are now announcing the re-scheduled and updated tour dates for 2021 & 2022. Due to the current state of the world, the enigmatic world music outfit are forced to cancel their 2021 appearances, except for the show in Tilburg (NL) on December 03. Unfortunately label mates GAAHLS WYRD have cancelled their appearance as well during this run.
The correct and re-scheduled dates can be found below! Ticket sales have already kicked off and are expected to run low very fast. We therefore recommend purchasing them on time.
03 December 2021 – Tilburg (NL) 013
11 Apr 22 Minsk (BY) – Prime Hall
13 Apr 22 St Petersburg (RU) – Aurora Concert Hall
15 Apr 22 Moscow (RU) – Glav Club
17 Apr 22 Ekaterinburg (RU) – Tele Club
27 march 2022 – Madrid (ES) – Vistalegre Arena *new date*
30 march 2022 – Metz (FR) – Cite Musicale Bam
01 April 2022 – Rouen (FR) – Le 106
02 June 2022 – Mystic Fest – Gdansk (PL)
10 June 2022 – Novarock – Nickelsdorf (AT)
17 June 2022 – Graspop – Dessel (BE)
23 June 2022 – Hellfest – Clison (FR)
01 July 2022 – Tuska festival – Helsinki (FI)
26 October 2022 – Copenhagen (DK) Forum Black Box
28 October 2022 – Stockholm (SE) Annexet
30 October 2022 – Helsinki (FI) Black Box *Upgraded venue*
04 November 2022 – Prague (CZ) Forum Karlin
06 November 2022 – Leipzig (DE) Haus Auensee *new date*
08 November 2022 – Zurich (CH) Halle 662
11 November 2022 – Brussels (BE) Cirque Royal
13 November 2022 – Berlin (DE) Tempodrom
16 November 2022 – Bochum (DE) Ruhrcongress
18 November 2022 – Paris (FR) L’Olympia
02 December 2022 – Budapest (HU) Barba Negra *new date*
05 December 2022 – Ljubljana (Sl) Hala Tivoli *new date*
07 December 2022 – Frankfurt (DE) Jahrhundert Halle *new date*
14 December 2022 – Stuttgart (DE) Liederhalle Hegelsaal *new date*
18 December 2022 – München (DE) Zenith
14 January 2023 – London (UK) O2 Academy Brixton
17 January 2023 – Manchester (UK) Bridgewater Hall *new date*
19 January 2023 – Dublin (IR) National Stadium
22 January 2023 – Glasgow (UK) Barrowland *new date*
HEILUNG will be touring in support of their latest album ‘Futha’, which was released on June 28, 2019. The cover artwork and album details can be viewed below.
“Ofnir” was a very masculine album. To create it, HEILUNG took a big part of the lyrics from preserved rune inscriptions on weapons and armour. “Futha” is the counterpart, the balance point, the feminine side. Here, the lyrics originate from old Icelandic poetry, in which the holy women chant magic spells and offer their blessings. Hence, female voices are more prominent on “Futha”.
HEILUNG means “healing” in the German language and this also describes the core of the band’s sound. The listener is supposed to be left at ease and in a relaxed state after a magical musical journey that is at times turbulent.
HEILUNG reach far back in time to the Northern European iron age and Viking period to create their sound experience. The band utilises many means in their songs: from running water via human bones, reconstructed swords and shields up to ancient frame drums as well as bronze rings.
When HEILUNG self-released ‘Ofnir’ in 2015, the Danish band could hardly have anticipated the breakthrough success of their debut album. Spectacular live shows, strong critical acclaim, and a massive underground buzz added to the constantly high demand for this full-length are the reason why their new label Season of Mist did not hesitate to re-issue ‘Ofnir’ in several collector’s edition formats. HEILUNG‘s live album, ‘LIFA’ (2017) was released in parallel.
The word “Futha” is taken from an artefact, that is still controversially discussed. Big names in runology like Düwel and Heizmann can agree neither on the deciphering nor the meaning of the description.…The word is engraved in a gold bracteate from Skåne (SE), which was produced around 500-530 AD. It was discovered in 1831 and these medals or coins were divided into different categories by the Swedish archaeologist Oscar Montelius. The bracteate in question is a so-called C-bracteate named Schonen II-C (Schonen is the German Name of Skåne) with a horse and a face. The rune inscription is between the hind-legs of the horse. Interesting to mention here is the fact that the majority of full rune set inscriptions start with “futh“, which also is the first three letters in all runic alphabets. It is considered that our forefathers saw magic potential in engraving the full rune line, but there is also great significance in the beginnings. Science has no key for the meaning of only engraving the first couple of letters yet, but there is a surplus of theories. This brings us to a runic staff found in Bergen, which was given the rather unpoetic archaeological classification B011. It carries the inscription: “felleg er fuþ sin bylli Fuþorglbasm”, which means: “Lovely is the cunt, may the cock fill it up”. Also interesting is that the Högstena amulet, which we use in the song “Galgaldr”, has an alternative deciphering of the word “futh“, which in this context means “cunt”. All this leaves us with two hints: magic potential and the female genitalia. The great healing power of the female wild strength is evoked in “Futha”. Those who have been present at a birth or seen a lioness hunting, know the spirit. The spirit of the “wilde Weiber” (German), the wild wise women. “Futha” endeavours to connect to a time before the female was degraded to a birth-machine and carrier of eternal inherited guilt.
“Futha” was three years in the making and was finished for production and print at midwinter, the very darkest day of the solar year, the 21st in the 12th month at 21:00.
Any attempt to link the band with or bring their music into a modern political or religious context is pointless, since HEILUNG try to connect their listeners with a time before the coming of Christianity and modern political ideologies.
Kai Uwe Faust