As you may already know ILUVLIVE and MOBO have come together for the MOBO Unsung Tour, with the tour visiting six cities across the UK. The tour has been a success so far! With Manchester, Birmingham and london to go we are looking forward to see what happens next! Check out these photos captured by photographer Callum Mills of some of the great moments we have seen so far.
The MOBO UnSung Tour is a joint venture with live music specialists ILUVLIVE and will feature performances from all the MOBO UnSung Class of 2014 finalists hitting 6 UK cities across the UK. BBC Radio 1Xtra will add a selected talent of their choice from each city as part of their #TargetsNoticeboard talent initiative.
The MOBO Organisation, established in 1996 by Kanya King MBE to promote and support both established and emerging (inter)national talent across the urban music genres and best known for its annual MOBO Awards show, today announces its 3rd ‘MOBO UnSung Tour in association with HTC’ as part of its growing portfolio of activities that offer additional platforms and opportunities to exceptional talent across the creative industries.
This year’s tour offers the 10 finalists of the ‘Class of 2014’ the opportunity to perform at carefully selected venues in Brighton, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and london between 11th and 17th May. The 3rd UnSung Tour is presented by London’s music specialists ILUVLIVE and further supported by PRSforMusic Foundation and The Arts Council England.
The tour will be headlined by Liverpool’s MiC LOWRY who also today are being crowned as the actual winners of the MOBO UnSung 2014 talent competition with 19 year old soul singer Tiana Major9 and hip-hop artist YJ taking the runners-up spots.
Mentored by 2012 MOBO UnSung winner, Esco Williams, the R’n’B group from Liverpool made up of band members Ben, Kaine, Akia, Delleile and Michael greatly impressed an industry panel, who compared them to R’n’B royalty Boyz II Men and consequently topped the public voting.
On the 6 UnSung tour nights MiC LOWRY will be joined by a specially selected regional BBC 1Xtra supported act and a choice of the other finalists YJ, Tiana Major9 Blizzard, Eyez, Hayley May, J The Exodus, One 50 and Geovarn. All UnSung finalists are automatically entered into the The MOBO UnSung Artist Development Programme (see Editor’s notes).
The BBC Radio 1Xtra supported acts from each city are championed by DJ Target as part of 1Xtra’s commitment to supporting local home-grown talent.
See below for artist bios, pictures, tour dates and further details.
The MOBO UnSung Artist Development Programme which is being rolled out in the months to come supplies all 10 finalists with a fantastic opportunity to take their music careers to the next level by providing industry seminars, studio time with top producers, performance opportunities across the country as well as further network opportunities. The UnSung competition and the connected artist development programme are just some of the ways in which the MOBO Organisation facilitates, elevates and celebrates emerging talent. For further information, see www.mobo.com/unsung
ILUVLIVE is the name of a live music event that launched in London in June 2004 and has since supported Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, Professor Green, Maverick Sabre, Tinie Tempah, Plan B , Katy B and Wretch 32 to name but a few. ILUVLIVE is now a National Portfolio Organisation supported by The Arts Council England and has monthly residencies in seven cities across the UK and runs an annual artist development programme. www.iluvlive.co.uk
PRS for Music Foundation is the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music across all genres. Since 2000 PRS for Music Foundation has given more than £20 million to over 5,000 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS for Music Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to festivals and showcases in the UK and overseas. www.prsformusicfoundation.com
Dates left to go:
Manchester 14+ event
Line Up: MiC LOWRY, Hayley May, Blizzard, Eyez, Radio 1Xtra Act.
Venue: The Fallow Café
Tickets: (Age 14+, under 16’s accompanied by an adult) £4 advance, £5 on the door. Ticket link: http://www.iluvlive.co.uk/events/4395/ILUVLIVE-Presents-MOBO-Unsung-Tour-Manchester-14-05-15
Birmingham 14+ event
Line Up: MiC LOWRY, Eyez, J The Exodus, One 50, Radio 1Xtra Act.
Venue: Alfie Birds
Tickets: (Age 14+, under 16’s accompanied by an adult) £4 advance, £5 on the door. Ticket link: http://www.iluvlive.co.uk/events/4396/ILUVLIVE-Presents-MOBO-Unsung-Tour-Birmingham-15-05-15
London 18+ event
Line Up: MiC LOWRY, Blizzard, Tiana Major 9, YJ, Radio 1Xtra Act.
Venue: The Stillery (Age Restriction 18+)
Tickets: Over 18’s only. £4 advance, £5 on the door. Ticket link: http://www.iluvlive.co.uk/events/4397/ILUVLIVE-Presents-MOBO-Unsung-Tour-London-17-05-15