FOLLOWS NEW EP ‘KING OF THE NORTH’ WITH THE CONFIRMATION OF A MAJOR UK AND IRELAND TOUR
After his new EP ‘King of The North’ hit the charts at #4 – the highest chart position of his career to date –Manchester grime icon Bugzy Malone can announce details of his biggest tour to date. The tour includes a majorLondon show at the O2 Forum Kentish Town as well as a homecoming show at Manchester’s O2 Apollo.
Bugzy Malone is set to play festival dates including Reading and Leeds where he headlines the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage ahead of his headline tour in the autumn:
22nd – Belfast, The Limelight
24th – Dublin, The Academy
25th – Newcastle, O2 Academy (presented by RubaDubDub Sessions)
26th – Norwich, The Waterfront Studio
27th – Bristol, Motion
28th – Birmingham, O2 Institute
2nd – London, O2 Forum Kentish Town
3rd – Manchester, O2 Apollo
5th – Glasgow, O2 ABC
In addition, Bugzy has also released a new video for the EP track ‘Memory Lane’ which features his friend Tom Grennan. The pair first met when Bugzy achieved a long-term personal goal when he performed on Later… with Jools Holland. Not only was it a huge opportunity, but it’s also his mother’s favourite TV show and the moment took him back to when they used to watch the Hootenanny together every New Year’s Eve.
“It overwhelmed me and I was getting quite emotional,” he admits. “Tom Grennan was rehearsing in the background, and I attached those emotions to the song that that made with Chase & Status, so that instantly made me a massive fan of his.”
Bugzy Malone is grime’s outsider – a Mancunian who has flourished far away from the genre’s London-centric epicentre to take on the big hitters at their own game.
Armed with little more than a gift for dexterous wordplay, a steely sense of self-belief and a willing work ethic, his first big break came after almost five years of graft and independently released mixtapes. His incendiary Fire In The Booth became the defining moment of the series, and grew to become the first to pass 10 million views at YouTube. Suddenly Bugzy was big business, and his first two EPs – ‘Walk With Me’ and ‘Facing Time’ – both catapulted him headfirst into the Top 10.