Lauran Hibberd announces new album – and it’s also a “12-stage instruction manual”

Following last year’s Garageband Superstar debut, Lauran Hibberd will be releasing her second album Girlfriend Material in March next year: “Listen more than once to ensure perfection…”

Lauran Hibberd announces new album – and it’s also a “12-stage instruction manual”
Emily Carter
Emily Marcovecchio

Lauran Hibberd has announced details of her second album, and released her “favourite song I’ve ever written” to celebrate the news.

The Isle Of Wight breakout star is set to follow up last year’s Garageband Superstar with new LP Girlfriend Material, which is due out on March 22, 2024 via Virgin Music.

Speaking about the album as a whole – although, as she explains, it might be more than that to some people – Lauran shares: “Welcome to Girlfriend Material. Here you will find the 12 stage instruction manual on how to make the perfect girlfriend in under an hour. Listen more than once to ensure perfection.

“Making this record came oddly naturally, it felt like it was supposed to come out of me and I’ve never felt so attached to a body of songs like this,” she continues. “I think I’m at a point in my life where I’ve started to really experience ‘life’, with going through losing a parent, having a life altering break up, living on my own for the first time, and exploring who the ‘f*vk’ I actually am. Everything I am right now is in this album. It’s the best thing I’ve ever made, and I’ve worked with some incredible people in the process. It’s definitely been the one thing that’s kept me going over the last year, and I hope it can do the same for other people. With love, Lauran Hibberd – 100 per cent girlfriend material.”

As we already mentioned, Lauran has also released a new single that she’s clearly incredibly proud of, called Mary. She describes it as “the soundtrack to a great day”. “Yes it’s a true story, and yes everybody needs a ‘Mary’ in their life,” she says. “After having a particularly rough year, having this song in my back pocket became a breakthrough for me – like a crack in the curtain where the light slips in.”

Check it out below.

Catch Lauran at the following dates next year with Hobo Johnson:

January 2024

4 Birmingham XOYO
5 Manchester New Century Hall
6 Glasgow SWG3 Warehouse
9 Bristol SWX
10 Cardiff Tramshed
11 Brighton Chalk
12 London Electric Ballroom

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