NEWS: Youngman Announced As Support For Example Tour

Youngman, one of the UK’s most exciting and vibrant young vocal talents announced as support for Example’s UK tour, this has followed on from the release of his eagerly awaited new single ‘Who Knows?’ on  Shy FX’s Digital Soundboylabel.

Mixing Youngman’s powering and distinctive vocal with the pulsating sonic workings of long time friend and collaborator Skream (Magnetic Man), ’Who Knows?’ blurs the lines between underground club smash and credible mainstream hit, having already been named Zane Lowe’s ‘Next Hype’, MistaJam’s ‘Jam Hot’and Annie Mac’s ‘Record Of The Week’.

With a career that is still in its infancy, Youngman (Simon Smith) has already made his mark as a standout vocalist in the drum’n’bass, and dubstep scenes, working closely with his father Simon ‘Bassline’ Smith plus Breakage and regular live collaborator Benga. He is indeed already a seasoned live performer having graced the stages of Glastonbury, Creamfields, Exit, Lovebox, Global Gathering and across Europe, Australia & North America.

Having become the choice hype man for Skream & Benga, Youngman became a master of working an audience, with his presence as a performer and his inimitable singing voice coming to the fore; it wasn’t long before Skream & Benga turned their attentions to channelling Youngman’s talents into a unique and fresh vocal sound.

Whilst working away in the studo, Simon has also found time to extended his creative and entrepreneurial skills by designing his own successful clothing range and spearheading a new education scheme ‘Music & Life Workshops’ back in his home town Derby.

With a full schedule of live dates throughout the beginning of the year with Benga, as well as supporting Example on his UK tour and participating in the nationwide MOBO tour, Youngman is primed to cement himself as the next breakthrough underground star.

Supporting Example

20th Apr Cardiff, UKMotorpoint (w Example)
21st Apr Newcastle, UKMetro Arena (w Example)
22nd Apr Glasgow, UKSECC (w Example)
24th Apr Aberdeen, ScotlandAECC (w Example)
27th Apr London, UKO2 (w Example)

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NEWS: Mary J. Blige Announces Three UK Shows

The Grammy-award winning, platinum-selling, high priestess of R&B is back. Mary J. Blige returns to the UK for a series of concerts not to be missed. Starting on 2nd November in London and stopping in Birmingham and Manchester, she will be joined by the UK’s very own soul star Lemar as special guest support.

Mary J. Blige will be performing records from her huge repertoire of Hip-Hop Soul anthems that include the hits; You Remind Me, Real Love, I’m Going Down, Mary Jane (All Night Long), Not Gon’ Cry, As, Dance For Me, No More Drama, Just Fine and the most recent, Each Tear (feat Jay Sean).

Tickets are priced from £40.00 (excluding booking fee) and are available from http://www.aeglive.co.uk / 08444 775 775

FULL TOUR DATES:
02 NOVEMBER LONDON THE O2 ARENA
03 NOVEMBER BIRMINGHAM LG ARENA
05 NOVEMBER MANCHESTER MEN ARENA

Mary J Blige has always been at the top of the R&B world, making beautiful and moving music that touches people from all walks of life at any age. A huge part of Mary J. Blige’s unique talent comes from her unmistakeable gorgeous voice mixed with the talent to bring hard hitting lyrics to life, convey drama and speak for others. In concert Mary J. Blige is even more outstanding, captivating audiences and delivering sensational performances that owe her that deserved title – the Queen of R&B.

Mary J Blige will be supported by the multi-platinum selling home-grown superstar Lemar. The BRIT and MOBO Award winner who has helped put soul back on the pop map, has sold over 2 million albums and had six top 10 singles including ‘If There’s Any Justice’, ‘ 50/50’ and ‘Time To Grow’.

This will be the megastar Diva’s first UK tour in over two years and follows the critically acclaimed, Stronger With Each Tear which reached Top 5 on the UK R&B chart and No1 in the same US Chart. This latest album has as its central theme the idea that we know that if we want to achieve anything we have to accept that our work is never over, and by keeping going, all the trials, tribulations and tears only make us stronger.

After 15 years of success in the music industry, including nine Grammy albums, eight multi-platinum albums and over 40 million albums sales, Mary J. Blige is certainly one who practices what she preaches. Not content to rest on her laurels, she is still looking for new challenges. As well as being in charge of Matriarch Entertainment, her music, film and TV company, Mary co-executive produced the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film “Precious”, appeared alongside Elvis Costello on the season finale of “30 Rock”, as well as taking on an acting role in Tyler Perry’s comedy drama “I Can Do Bad By Myself” (where she played part of a ‘Greek chorus’ alongside Gladys Knight).

http://www.mjblige.com

NEWS: The MOBO Tours Line-Up Confirmed

A powerful line up of the hottest names on the UK underground has been added to the bill for the inaugural MOBO Tour which will hit six major cities around the UK this October.  Headlined by Skepta, fans of Grime, British Hip Hop, UK Funky and Dancehall will be counting down the days to see him share the stage with buzz artists of the moment Aggro Santos, Scorcher, Donae’o, Mz Bratt, Jodie Connor, Maverick Sabre and freshly tipped newcomers The Ruff Diamondz and Angel.

MOBO founder, Kanya King said: “As part of our 15th anniversary celebrations, we are delighted to reveal the full line-up of the inaugural MOBO Tour which will give fans across six UK cities the chance to discover some of the UK’s hottest new acts. In partnership with PRS for Music Foundation, Urban Development and Arts Council England we’re proud to celebrate the amazing talent of these rising stars who reflect the unstoppable success of new black music.”
 
·        Skepta’s reputation as the ‘King of Grime’ has recently been bolstered by chart success with records ‘Rescue Me’, ‘Bad Boy’ and ‘Sunglasses at Night’. He has been championed by Radio 1’s Tim Westwood and is part of the Roll Deep and Boy Better Know crews.

·        Aggro Santos is a Brazilian born British rap artist and pop producer who scored a massive top 5 hit earlier this year with ‘Candy’ featuring Ex-Pussy Cat Doll – Kimberly Wyatt. He combines signature dance floor rhythms and fiesta party beats to his records.

·        Scorcher is a recent recruit to the highly credible label Geffen. His slickly produced videos have received well over a million hits and he has collaborated with Wiley, Bashy and Devlin.

·        Like the name of his recent album, ‘Party Hard’, Donae’o makes sure his live performances get the party started. His record, ‘Watching Her Move’, was on the Radio1 Xtra playlist and he recently performed at Glastonbury and Radio One’s Big Weekender.

·        MZ Bratt is already an inspirational female figure to many in the world of UK Urban/ Dance music, having featured on remixes and records with artists including Wiley, Tinchy Stryder and Grammy nominated US star Jazmine Sullivan.

·        Jodie Connor is a stunning singer with a powerful vocal range that has graced club tracks from the likes of Roll Deep, Devlin and most recently Tinchy Stryder’s, “In My System”.

The MOBO Tour with its partners Urban Development, PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England are committed to shining a light on new talent. So the tour will feature brilliant new breakthrough acts including:

·        Maverick Sabre’s name is ringing round the world right now and rightly so. Recently described by Huw Stephens as a male Amy Winehouse and with Music Week declaring him the highlight of SXSW 2010 his gritty yet soulful voice is drawing audiences in and leaving them hooked.

·        Ruff Diamondz (RD) musical style is formed from their own distinctive sound, incorporating original UK Mc’ing with real RnB vocals. This exciting three-piece combine classic RnB influences like TLC, 702 and Total with inspiration taken from home grown talent such as N-Dubz, Chipmunk, Wiley & Ghetto.

·         Angel – Singer/songwriter Sirach Charles, better known as Angel has just signed to Island Records and is quite possibly the UK Pop and R & B industry’s best-kept secret.

Tour Dates:

·        Tuesday12th October – Norwich Waterfront
·        Thursday 14th October – Birmingham O2 Academy 2
·        Friday 15th October – Manchester Moho Live
·        Saturday 16th October – Liverpool O2Academy 2
·        Sunday 17th October – Glasgow Garage
·        Tuesday 19th October – London O2 Academy Islington
 
**More names to be added to the line up in each city. Check Facebook and website for more info**

Tickets are £10 regional (£12 London) and are on sale now and are available at www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051

NEWS: Skepta to headline MOBO Tour

The MOBO Tour is set to hit six of the UK’s hottest cities over six days between 13th October and 19th October 2010. By arrangement with Coda and SJM, the tour will be headlined by DJ and Boy Better Know frontman, Skepta. The chart-topping emcee will take to the stage alongside a host of fresh, new urban talent.

Following on from his insatiable single ‘Bad Boy’ (UK Top 20), Skepta has just completed a mammoth UK tour supporting the likes of 50 Cent, N-Dubz & Chipmunk. Skepta has gained widespread recognition on the underground scene as the founding member of Boy Better Know and DJ on London pirate station, Heat FM where the likes of Dizzee Rascal, JME and Chipmunk all started out. Skepta’s ‘Rescue Me’ an Agent X produced club-pleaser is set for release on 4th July on 3 Beat Records/Boy Better Know.

Mobo founder, Kanya King said:
 
“MOBO is proud to be partnering with PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council England and Urban Development to present this tour which champions emerging talent.  It is difficult for rising stars to find the support they need to make it to the next level.  We hope that this tour will broaden the impact we can have on the future of urban music in the UK.” 
 
Tour Dates:
·        Thursday 14th October – Birmingham O2 Academy 2
·        Friday 15th October – Manchester Moho Live
·        Saturday 16th October – Liverpool O2Academy 2
·        Sunday 17th October – Glasgow Garage
·        Monday 18th October – Norwich Waterfront
·        Tuesday 19th October – London O2 Academy Islington 

Tickets are £10 regional (£12 London) and are onsale now and are available at www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051
 
In a year where urban music has dominated the national charts, get ready for a show-stopping tour that is set to prove that more than ten years on, UK urban music is truly bigger, better and here to stay.

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