Press Release

Declan McKenna Announces New Single + Video Details

UK/European Tour Kicks Off This Week


Declan McKenna is very pleased to announce details of a new single and video. Why Do You Feel So Down? is lifted from Declan’s acclaimed debut album, What Do You Think About The Car?



Watch the video here, directed by Phil Poole


“A powerful love letter to the youth” **** NME

“As twinkly-toed as debuts come” **** Q

“Has the youthful self-confidence to tackle material older songwriters rarely touch…What a cracking debut” **** The Guardian

“A startling collection of big-picture pop” **** Evening Standard

“The very definition of what under-25s call woke…It marks him out as one to watch” **** The Times

“One of the sharpest, most engaging albums of 2017” **** DORK Magazine

“Upbeat pop coupled with whip-smart lyrics” GQ

“Blending the British whimsy of Ray Davies, Pulp and Arctic Monkeys with the outright weirdness of the Flaming Lips” Sunday Times Culture

(Toronto, ON) The new single launches surrounding Declan’s biggest live shows to date which kicked off on October 6th, and conclude at a sold-out London Koko on November  3rd. The tour marks a meteoric twelve months for the eighteen-year-old Brit who has toured the world relentlessly with his melody-heavy indie pop songs, each fizzing with those insatiable guitar hooks and Declan’s socially conscious lyrical nous.

Speaking about the song, Declan says: “I really don’t know where the whole sparkly slacker pop thing came from but it happened, I think it’s because the whole song is kind of jokey, making fun of myself (and a lot of other things) so it came out as an almost piss-take dance tune, but it’s also a bit sad. It’s a lot of things, I think I was just sixteen when I started on this one. I was a confused baby…”

Tickets for all live dates for the rest of 2017 are on sale now via

Declan McKenna Tour Dates (*supported by FEET):

6th October – The Welly Club, Hull*

7th October – Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester NEW DATE

10th October – Botanique-Orangerie, Brussels

11th October – Melkweg, Amsterdam

13th October – Maze, Berlin SOLD OUT

14th October – MTC, Cologne

16th October – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing

17th October – Le 106 Club, Rouen

18th October – La Maroquinerie, Paris

20th October – Concorde 2, Brighton* SOLD OUT

21st October – O2 Academy, Leicester*

23rd October – O2 Ritz, Manchester* VENUE UPGRADE SOLD OUT

24th October – Leeds University Union, Leeds* VENUE UPGRADE

26th October – O2 ABC, Glasgow* SOLD OUT

27th October – Northumbria Institute, Newcastle*

28th October – The O2 Institute 2, Birmingham* SOLD OUT

30th October – The Waterfront, Norwich*

31st October – The Leadmill, Sheffield*

1st November – Bierkeller, Bristol*

3rd November – Koko, London* SOLD OUT