The track follows Michael’s recent return to the stage for a Summer of festival performances across the UK and Europe that included a stunning set on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage last month, where Floating Parade was first aired.

Underpinned by a driving bass line, a stirring flourish of strings, and capped by Michael’s distinctively phenomenal vocal, Floating Parade reunites the peerless British songwriter with the production team, Danger Mouse and Inflo, that has proven to be such a winning formula over his past two records.

The song itself is loosely written about utilising your senses to find an escape, particularly in oppressive circumstances, whether spiritually or physically. The floating parade is the metaphorical movement of taking yourself out of an uncomfortable situation and seeking comfort elsewhere, driven almost solely by the power of the mind.

In 2020, Michael’s widely acclaimed third album, 2019’s ‘KIWANUKA’, won the Mercury Prize and heralded his first Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album.

Floating Parade is his first new music since the release of standalone track “Beautiful Life” in 2021, for the Netflix documentary “Convergence: Courage in a Crisis” by the Oscar winning director, Orlando von Einsiedel.

In late September, following a series of festival performances, which includes a headline slot at Wilderness in Oxfordshire, Michael heads out on a 14-date joint headline tour of the US with Brittany Howard. Remaining tickets are on sale now via Michael’s website.

Michael Kiwanuka Live:

12th July – Nos Alive, Lisbon
17th July – Gurtenfestival, Bern
19th July – Montreux Festival, Montreux
3rd August – Wilderness Festival (Headline)
9th August – Syd For Solen, Copenhagen
10th August – Grape Festival, Letisko Trenčín
25th September – Queen Elizabeth Hall, Toronto (headline date)
26th September – Mtelus, Montreal (headline date)
28th September – All Things Go Festival, Columbia
29th September – The Met, Philadelphia (w/ Brittany Howard)
30th September – Roadrunner, Boston (w/ Brittany Howard)
2nd October – The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester (w/ Brittany Howard)
3rd October – Summerstage In Central Park, New York (w/ Brittany Howard)
6th October – Palace Theatre, Saint Paul (w/ Brittany Howard)
8th October – The Mission Ballroom, Denver (w/ Brittany Howard)
10th October – Idaho Botanical Garden: Outlaw Field, Boise (w/ Brittany Howard)
11th October – Edgefield Concerts, Troutdale (w/ Brittany Howard)
12th October – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver (w/ Brittany Howard)
14th October – Britt Festival Pavilion, Jacksonville (w/ Brittany Howard)
15th October – Paramount Theatre, Seattle (w/ Brittany Howard)
17th October – The Greek Theatre, Berkeley (w/ Brittany Howard)
18th October – Greek Theatre, Los Angeles (w/ Brittany Howard)
19th October – Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles w/ Brittany Howard)


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