In 2018 AYU played her first festival season in Europe, striking with her signature ayuanic dance moves at e.g. Gurtenfestival Bern (w/ Gorillaz, MØ, alt-J or Alice Merton) or Moon and Stars Locarno (w/ Rita Ora or Emeli Sandé) or L-Beach Festival, where after her gig on the newcomer stage she could jump in on the main stage for Joan As Police Woman. In autumn she supported the German shows of POLIÇA x s t a r g a z e or Eleanor Friedberger. AYU released her debut single Kings & Queens in the summer of 2018. In 2019 AYU released 3 more songs: Another Mess, I, Throw Roses and Striking Matches. She played 4 shows at Reeperbahn Festival and support shows e.g. as opening act for Vök or Jaccques Greene.
On March 6th she released her debut EP + new single 'I Changed My Mind'! In April AYU is 'Best Talent' on SRF 3.