Saturday, 13 October 2018

Ray Blk Tour Support for Rudimental

Delivering the brash honesty of rap music, with her unique blend of soul and R&B spirit, Ray BLK weaves between genre boundaries borrowing the elements she requires to reach her goals. “I feel proud when my music connects with people,” says the 23-year-old, real name Rita Ekwere, who was born in Nigeria and raised in Catford, South London.

Ray’s first experiences of music came at a very early age, when she recalls dancing to Missy Elliott and Timbaland on MTV Bass at the age of seven “From that age I thought, this is what I want to do,” she recalls. “I remember singing and dancing along to all of it and thinking ‘Oh my god, I'd love to be doing this.’”

From the age of ten, Ray was already setting her dream in motion, filling her school notebooks with original song lyrics, prompting teachers to put her on a gifted and talented music programme. Despite her early experiments with music, it wasn’t until her final year of studying English Literature at university that she decided she wanted to share her music with the world. Delving into a catalogue of rough recordings she’d been making since the age of sixteen, she picked out her strongest songs and began scouring YouTube for instrumentals. The songs told the tale of a broken hearted girl who grew to hate men, and reminded her of a character from her studies, hence she titled it Havisham, based on the Dickensian spinster from Great Expectations.

Lyrically, Ray’s music is very candid; she isn’t trying to gloss over situations and paint her life as a fairytale. “I say it how it is,” Ray admits. “The music that I love is the stuff that gives it to you raw. Then you can really connect with it. I listen predominantly to rap music, which is like that all the time, so I think the influences come from there. It’s important to stand for something, to have my music stand for something,” says Ray. “So these are things that are really important to me.” The surname BLK that she’s adopted, is a constant reminder of her values: Building Living Knowing.

At the end of 2015 Ray released ‘50/50’ a track that would open up a new chapter in her career. Premiering on I-D Magazine with a visual depicting BLK and her all-girl mob hanging out in her native Catford, from the streets to the salon, as she tells the tale of a rocky relationship with a drug dealer with commitment issues. The Aston Rudi-produced track would snowball in popularity, securing A-List spots with 1Xtra and Rinse FM, record of the week from Huw Stephens, spins from Annie Mac, Julie Adenuga and Toddla T as well as the support of media platforms such as Complex, Noisey, HypeTrak and MTV. The attention came as a surprise: “I’m really happy with how well the track has been received. I definitely didn’t expect it to be noticed as much as it has been, particularly since I put it out on my own channel.”

She’d follow up with ‘My Hood’, a proud tribute to South London featuring Stormzy which she’d deliver an epic performance of on BBC 2’s ‘Later… with Jools Holland’, and again with the SG Lewis-assisted ‘Chill Out’. Both tracks would land on ‘Durt’, a diverse seven track mini-album - also featuring Wretch 32 - that demonstrates the scope of her capabilities. “This new body of work feels so different,” says Ray. She’s discovered a groove that lies between London’s forward-thinking electronic production and the Bad Boy Records remixes that she grew up on. “Beforehand I was using found instrumentals, so none of them were tailored to me,” she explains. “Now I’m blessed to be working with people to actually create something that feels like me.”

The project saw her continue to snowball, selling out a trio of headline shows in the capital and refining her spellbinding live shows. “The goal is to make people feel something,” she explains. “I love doing shows. I’m so scared before every single one, but I love every single one. I want to do more shows in front of bigger audiences and connect with more people.” It’s something that she will get a taste of when she joins Emeli SandΓ© on her Long Live the Angels later this month.

In January voters named her the winner of the BBC Sound of 2017 poll against some heavy competition. “Winning the BBC Sound of 2017 has to be the most surprising thing that’s happened to me thus far,” she reflects. “I’m particularly proud to be a part of this year’s list as it’s full of so much talent, some of whom are independent artists like myself. I really hope that inspires the next generation of artists.” BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens was also delighted by the result, admitting: “Some artists have that magic about them. I’ve played everything I’ve heard from Ray BLK on my BBC Radio 1 show. She has a real, raw talent that cuts through so strongly. She is the real deal.”

Ray celebrated the win with the release of a new single ‘Patience (Freestyle)’ which exhibits the realness that she’s been celebrated for. Recorded in Los Angeles, the conversational song sees her switching between singing and rapping as she examines a generation desperate to give up anything in exchange for fame and fortune. “Slow and steady wins the race,” she sings on the chorus, opting to focus on her own lane. ‘Patience (Freestyle)’ sums her approach up perfectly. Authentic, relatable and always honest; Ray BLK in here for the long run.
Rudimental upcoming tour dates with support from Ray Blk.
  • Tuesday 16th October – O2 Academy Glasgow
  • Thursday 18th October – O2 Academy Leeds
  • Saturday 20th October – O2 Academy Sheffield 
  • Tuesday 23rd Ocotber – O2 Apollo Manchester 
Ray Blk Tour Support for Rudimental October Glasgow, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester
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Friday, 12 October 2018

Post Malone to embark on his first European Arena Tour in 2019. Tickets available today/

Continuing his global domination, history-making multiplatinum Dallas, TX artist Post Malone touches down in Europe next year for a full-scale headline tour. The superstar will take over arenas throughout Europe as he brings his chart-crushing second full-length beerbongs & bentleys [Republic Records & Island Records] across the pond. Tickets go on sale October 12. Get them here.

Post Malone stirs a mix of genres into his own sonic sound that’s both intoxicating and invigorating. His RIAA Platinum certified debut album, Stoney, led the genre-bending Dallas, TX artist to his first Top 10 Billboard 200 and first #1 R&B/Hip-Hop Album while being the “#1 Debut Hip-Hop Artist of 2016”.

In 2018, his sophomore album, beerbongs & bentleys, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #1 and achieved one the year’s “biggest streaming weeks ever”. Additionally, Post charted nine songs in the Top 20 of the Hot 100, notching “the most songs in the Top 20 of the Hot 100.” Moreover, he also smashed the record for most simultaneous Top 40 Hot 100 hits with 14. As beerbongs & bentleys returned to #1 for the second consecutive week on the Top 200, his domination shows no sign of slowing down.

The tour launches on Valentine’s Day Thursday February 14 at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, plays historic venues around Europe and comes to a close at the Legendary O2 Arena in London Wednesday March 13th.
  • Thursday, 14th February, 2019 Ireland, Dublin 3Arena
  • Saturday, 16th February, 2019 UK, Birmingham Resorts World Arena
  • Sunday, 17th February, 2019 UK, Glasgow SSE Hydro
  • Tuesday, 19th February, 2019 UK, Manchester Manchester Arena
  • Friday, 22nd February, 2019 France, Paris AccorHotels Arena
  • Sunday, 25th February, 2019 Holland, Amsterdam Ziggo Dome
  • Wednesday, 27th February, 2019 Germany, Hamburg Barclaycard Arena
  • Friday, 1st March, 2019 Sweden, Stockholm Ericsson Globe
  • Saturday, 2nd March, 2019 Denmark, Copenhagen Royal Arena
  • Monday, 4th March, 2019 Germany, Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena
  • Tuesday, 5th March, 2019 Germany, Munich Olympiahalle
  • Thursday, 7th March, 2019 Switzerland, Zurich Hallenstadion
  • Saturday, 9th March, 2019 Germany, Oberhausen KΓΆnig-Pilsener-Arena
  • Monday, 11th March, 2019 Belgium, Antwerp Sportpaleis
  • Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 UK, London O2 Arena
Post Malone to embark on his first European Arena Tour in 2019. Tickets available today.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Sigrid drops new single 'Sucker Punch' plus live dates November 2018 and beyond

Today, groundbreaking Norwegian pop star Sigrid releases the highly-anticipated new single Sucker Punch, following her critically acclaimed RAW EP and incredible festival performances at Reading & Leeds and Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend. Highlighting the breadth of Sigrid’s maturing talent and aptitude for song writing, Sucker Punch cements the 22-year-old’s rise to pop prominence. Sigrid also drops an augmented reality lyric video using new technology, which has a ‘smartphone’ aesthetic mirroring the masses of social content that populates our life every day, with the augmented reality twist.

“Sucker Punch is one of my favourite songs so far and I’ve been so excited for release day! Emily Warren, Martin SjΓΈlie and I made it when we were in Ocean Sound Recordings in my hometown a while ago. The song is just a result of our usual way of working: talking, cooking, strolling, singing, dancing, experimenting...! Ugh it was so fun - just like the track itself.” Says Sigrid


With the colossal A-List record ‘High Five’, the certified-Gold Strangers, and zeitgeist defining Don’t Kill My Vibe – which catapulted Sigrid into the public consciousness last year – the pop star will play her biggest headline to date on 12 November, as she takes on O2 Brixton Academy. Sigrid will also support George Ezra in March on his arena tour, as well as Maroon 5 in June.

From winning the BBC Sound of 2018, to moving Helen Mirren on the Graham Norton Show and storming the stage at her Shepherds Bush Empire headline, Sigrid’s unforgettably impassioned live performances have sparked mass appreciation and defiant, rebellious pop songs. With her Spotify following tripling since the start of the year, and streaming numbers reaching almost 400M globally, Sigrid is undoubtedly set to continue her ascent with non-conformist and progressive attitudes to femininity with ‘Sucker Punch’.

Live Dates

04 November 2018 Birmingham O2 Birmingham Academy

05 November 2018 Dublin Olympia

07 November 2018 Glasgow O2 Glasgow Academy

09 November 2018 Manchester Manchester Albert Hall

12 November 2018 London O2 Brixton Academy

15 November 2018 Paris Gaite Lyrique

19 November 2018 Amsterdam Melkweg

20 November 2018 Brussels La Madeleine

George Ezra Support

07 March 2019 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

08 March 2019 Leeds First Direct Arena

09 March 2019 Liverpool Echo Arena

11 March 2019 Brighton Brighton Centre

12 March 2019 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena

13 March 2019 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

15 March 2019 Glasgow SSE Hydro

16 March 2019 Manchester Manchester Arena

17 March 2019 Birmingham Genting Arena

19 March 2019 London O2

20 March 2019 London O2

22 March 2019 Sheffield FlyDSA Arena

23 March 2019 Manchester Manchester Arena

Sigrid - Maroon 5 Support

01 June 2019 Aalborg Molleparken

03 June 2019 Cologne Lanxess Arena

05 June 2019 Prague O2 Arena

06 June 2019 Krakow Tauron Arena

10 June 2019 Amsterdam Ziggo Dome

11 June 2019 Paris Accors Hotel Arena

Sucker Punch is out now on Island Records. 
Sigrid drops new single 'Sucker Punch'
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“On a meteoric rise” - The Sunday Times
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“Pop sensation” – VOGUE “Sigrid blows us away, again” - Line Of Best Fit