Skepta has just announced a list of shows throughout the UK and Ireland toward the end of the year. The touring comes soon after the release of his fifth album ‘Ignorance is Bliss’, released on the 31st May 2019.
Awarding the album four stars, in their review, NME stated, “The Tottenham rapper’s comeback is a diverse-sounding, assured success, a muscular record that conveys global ambition, drawing on a dizzying collection of sounds and influences”, and added on to say it “sounds like a record from a rapper with gallons of creative juice in the tank.”
The rapper’s tour will begin in Manchester on November 23rd.
The Warehouse Project announced headlining acts, including Skepta, as well as Disclosure, Flume, Nina Kraviz and Aphex Twin at the Mayfield Depot for their 2019 shows. The organisers of the show have relocated to a new venue capable of holding a capacity of 10,000. It is said to be up to three times the size of Manchester’s 02 Apollo.
His tour dates for November are listed below:
23/11/19 – Warehouse Project, Manchester
26/11/ – O2 Academy, Birmingham
27/11/ – Jam Park, Dublin
28/11/ – O2 Academy, Glasgow
29/11 – Olympia, London
In 2016, Skepta won the Mercury Prize Award for his fourth album, the critically acclaimed ‘Konnichiwa’, pipping the late David Bowie and Radiohead to the spot. In claiming the £25,000 award, the ‘Greaze Mode’ rapper said, “I’m just so thankful. I’ve been trying to do this music stuff and work it out for so long”. He became the second artist to win the award after Dizzee Rascal’s win back in 2003, with grime artist Kano also nominated for the prize.
He added further by saying he wanted to do, “Something positive, something to help other people feel as happy and as free as me,” and that, “We’re doing a project right now, actually, building a studio in my old estate to help the young kids do music.”