Growing up in Kommetjie, South Africa, Alice Phoebe Lou knew that when she finished school she would pack up her things and see the world. She left home at the age of 18 on an unplanned trip to Europe, and discovered her love for street performance as she travelled from city to city. When she moved to Berlin a year later, she started her career as a street musician in earnest, drawing in an increasing number of listeners every time she played at “her office” on street corners and train stations. Lou has now become a fixture of the city’s vibrant music scene.
Lou played her first headlining show in Berlin in July 2014. The venues in which she has performed include St. Gilles Church in London, the Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, Hotel Cafe in L.A., on the west bank in Palestine, on the streets of Paris, living rooms in Amsterdam, in Johannesburg supporting the Lumineers, in Cape Town to help build a new fence to support a sustainable farm...
In the last year, Lou’s musical journey has taken her beyond the German capital to performing on the streets of Austin at SXSW, at the Great Escape in Brighton, and at the TED Global event in London. Lou travelled across Europe, playing shows and festival stages across the UK, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, New York (for CMJ) and up the US west coast.
After selling out her European and UK shows last December, Lou will be supporting Rodriguez on his stadium tour of her native South Africa in January and February 2016. She's then invited to perform at SXSW, The Great Escape, and at MIDEM's 50th anniversary.
She has sold over 8 000 CDs on the street in Berlin alone, and has gone to stages like TED Talks (where she spoke and performed at the annual TED Global event last year in London) and Singularity University (which she has attended, and supported as temporary faculty for Exponential Medicine).
Her debut album Orbit will be released worldwide on 22 April 2016.