Childish Gambino has announced a huge show at London’s O2 Arena for the end of the year. Tickets are set to go on sale here at 9am on Friday June 29, and the gig will take place on November 4. This will mark Gambino’s second London date of 2018, after he appears in the capital to headline Lovebox Festival on July 13.
Enjoying a career high year, Gambino- real name Donald Glover (like you didn’t know)- announces this date off the back of playing Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the release of the second series of Atlanta, which he created, and writes with his brother Stephen.
Glover also surprised fans with the release of new track- and potential record of the year- ‘This is America’, accompanied with a video that generated as much interest as the song itself. Following the release of the track, Glover admitted to deliberately avoiding online reaction and analysis, telling Jimmy Kimmel “Some friends have sent a couple [of the pieces], but, for real, I haven’t been on the Internet since [it came out]
“It’s bad for me. I’m really sensitive. I see one negative thing, and I track that person down. I go to their Instagram and be like, ‘You’re not so great. That baby’s not even that cute!”
Despite the announcement of this date, it has long been speculated that Glover may be looking to retire the Childish Gambino musical persona, with one final album to come following 2016’s Awaken, My Love!. Glover told The Huffington Post “There’s nothing worse than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘again?’ You know, I like it when something’s good and when it comes back there’s a reason to come back, there’s a reason to do that.”
In addition to this, the ubiquitous Glover is also rumoured to be working on a collaborative project with Chicago star Chance the Rapper, with Chance confirming in March that he and Glover “perpetuated that rumour for a long time without recording anything. We did link up in Atlanta and record some tracks and… they’re amazing.”