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Kendrick Lamar unveils mammoth worldwide tour

Kendrick Lamar has announced an extensive worldwide tour for 2022 which comprises arena shows in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The news comes after Lamar, one of the world’s most critically and commercially acclaimed rappers, released ‘Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers’, his fifth album and first in five years.

Lamar’s last album, ‘DAMN’, famously became the first non-jazz or classical recording to win the Pulitzer Prize and to win five Grammys.

The rapper’s newly announced tour, dubbed ‘The Big Steppers Tour’, will kick off in the US on 19 July and culminate in New Zealand on 16 December.

The worldwide run is promoted by Live Nation and sponsored by Amazon Music, Rotation and Cash App

Support comes from American rapper Baby Keem (all dates) and Tanna Leonne (select dates), both of which are signed to Lamar’s record label, pgLang.

The worldwide run is promoted by Live Nation and sponsored by Amazon Music, Rotation and Cash App – customers of which can bag the first tickets to the tour.

Lamar’s last headlining tour came in 2017 in support of DAMN, and similarly toured the US, Europe, Oceana and Asia.

According to Pollstar Boxoffice reports, the DAMN Tour grossed $41.4 million with 452,387 tickets sold in 36 shows in North America.

Lamar averaged 9,789 tickets per show and $790,018 gross, which this new run is expected to easily surpass.

See dates for The Big Steppers Tour below.

Tue Jul 19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center

Thu Jul 21 – Austin, TX – Moody Center

Fri Jul 22 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center

Sat Jul 23 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

Sun Jul 24 – Miami, FL – Rolling Loud

Wed Jul 27 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena

Fri Jul 29 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center

Sat Jul 30 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena

Sun Jul 31 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

Tue Aug 02 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center

Thu Aug 04 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena

Fri Aug 05 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

Sat Aug 06 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

Sun Aug 07 – Long Island, NY – UBS Arena

Tue Aug 09 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

Wed Aug 10 – Boston, MA – TD Garden

Fri Aug 12 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena

Sat Aug 13 – Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena

Sun Aug 14 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

Tue Aug 16 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center

Thu Aug 18 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum

Fri Aug 19 – Chicago, IL – United Center

Sat Aug 20 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center

Sun Aug 21 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center

Tue Aug 23 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena

Wed Aug 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena

Fri Aug 26 – Portland, OR – Moda Center

Sat Aug 27 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena

Sun Aug 28 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

Tue Aug 30 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center

Wed Aug 31 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena

Thu Sep 01 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena

Tue Sep 06 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at San Diego State University

Wed Sep 07 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center

Fri Sep 09 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena

Sat Sep 10 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center

Tue Sep 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena

Wed Sep 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena

Fri Oct 07 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome

Mon Oct 10 – Prague, CZ – O2 Arena

Tue Oct 11 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena

Thu Oct 13 – Hamburg, DE – Barclays Arena

Sat Oct 15 – Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena

Mon Oct 17 – Stockholm, SE – Avicii Arena

Wed Oct 19 – Oslo, NO – Telenor Arena

Fri Oct 21 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena

Mon Oct 24 – Stuttgart, DE – Scheleyerhalle

Tue Oct 25 – Zurich, CH – Hallenstadion

Wed Oct 26 – Laussane, CH – Vaudoise Aréna

Fri Oct 28 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis

Sun Oct 30 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena

Mon Oct 31 – Frankfurt, DE – Festhalle

Wed Nov 02– Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro

Thu Nov 03 – Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena

Fri Nov 04 – Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena

Sat Nov 05 – Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena

Mon Nov 07 – London, UK – The O2

Tue-Nov 08 – London, UK – The O2

Sun Nov 13 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena

Wed Nov 16 – Manchester, UK – AO Arena

Thu Dec 01 – Perth, AUS – RAC Arena

Sun Dec 04 – Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena

Thu Dec 08 – Sydney, AUS – Qudos Bank Arena

Mon Dec 12 – Brisbane, AUS – Entertainment Center

Fri Dec 16 – Auckland, NZ – Spark Arena

 


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Glastonbury reveals 2022 line-up

The UK’s Glastonbury festival has unveiled the first wave of acts for its 2022 edition, which sees Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar join Billie Eilish as headliners.

McCartney, who is represented by Marshall Arts, previously headlined in 2004, while WME client Lamar will top the bill for the first time. Both had been due to headline Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary in 2020, which did not take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2021 event was also cancelled for the same reason.

McCartney and Lamar will close the Pyramid Stage on Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June, respectively.

Taylor Swift, who was originally set to headline in 2020, will not be performing this year, with Paradigm’s Eilish stepping up on Friday 24 June to become the festival’s youngest ever headliner. Diana Ross will grace the event’s Sunday afternoon “legends” slot, which has previously featured the likes of Dolly Parton, Kylie Minogue, Barry Gibb, Jeff Lynne’s ELO and Lionel Richie.

Other acts confirmed for this year include Doja Cat, Crowded House, Lorde, Pet Shop Boys, Sam Fender, Megan thee Stallion, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Olivia Rodrigo, Little Simz, Wolf Alice, Glass Animals, Burna Boy, Arlo Parks, Haim, Blossoms, Sigrid, Girl in Red, Charli XCX, Celeste, Wolf Alice, Fontaines DC, Foals, Idles and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Glastonbury 2022 will be held at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset from 22-26 June.

 


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ASAP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar to headline Wireless Germany 2020

Wireless Germany returns for its third year in 2020, following a brief hiatus in 2018, with a line-up featuring Kendrick Lamar, ASAP Rocky, Young Thug and Roddy Ricch.

The German edition of the Live Nation festival franchise is taking place for the second time in the 40,000-capacity Old Rebstockpark in Frankfurt on 10 and 11 July. Last year’s festival saw performances from Travis Scott, James Blake, Rae Sremmurd, J Balvin and Rita Ora.

In addition to headliners Kendrick Lamar and ASAP Rocky, acts including Young Thug, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, Apache 207, Tyga, DaBaby, Trettmann, Shindy, Shirin David, Mero and Tierra whack will perform over the two-day event.

ASAP Rocky, who was forced to withdraw from multiple European festivals last year following detention in Sweden, is appearing at Atlas Weekend festival in Ukraine, Hydeout in Singapore and MCD Productions’ Longitude festival, which he is also headlining alongside Kendrick Lamar, as well as Tyler the Creator.

Wireless Germany returns for its third year in 2020, with a line-up featuring Kendrick Lamar, ASAP Rocky, Young Thug and Roddy Ricch

Kendrick Lamar is performing over the summer at British Summer Time Hyde Park in London, Belgium’s Rock Werchter, Lollapalooza Stockholm and Nos Alive in Lisbon.

Tickets for Wireless Germany go on sale on Wednesday 29 January at 10 a.m., with a Magenta Musik Prio pre-sale beginning today (27 January) and a Ticketmaster pre-sale opening tomorrow.

Wireless’ flagship UK event, the country’s biggest urban music festival, is taking place in London’s Finsbury Park from 3 to 5 July 2020. The festival will this year have a 9.30 p.m. final night curfew, following restrictions implemented by the local council.

Three-day passes are available here for £190 plus fees, with a one-day ticket costing £70. Line-up details will be announced closer to the time.

 


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NOS Alive expands to four days, adds Kendrick Lamar

NOS Alive will kick off a day earlier in 2020, with hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar appearing on the main NOS stage on Wednesday 8 July.

The Lisbon event, which previously announced the likes of Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Haim, Two Door Cinema Club and Haim, expands to four days whenever the year adds up to four (ie 2 + 0 + 2 + 0 = 4; it last ran for four days in 2011). NOS Alive 2020 will now run from 8 to 11 July 2020 at its usual home on the Algés Maritime Promenade.

Other recent line-up confirmations include Faith No More, Haim, Anderson Paak and Khalid and Alt-J.

This year’s NOS Alive featured the Cure, Thom Yorke, Chemical Brothers, Grace Jones, Bon Iver, Smashing Pumpkins, Robyn, Marina, Hot Chip, Mogwai, Vampire Weekend, Weezer, Sharon Van Etten, Idles and more. Álvaro Covões, founder of Everything is New and Nos Alive festival director, told IQ after the event that the it prioritises a diversity of talent over one or two must-see headliners, saying he wants “all stages to be main stages”.

Day tickets, which start at £51 for a day ticket for £159 for four days, are on sale now at nosalive.com.

 


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565,000 people attend record-breaking Sziget Festival

Sziget Festival, located on Hungary’s Óbudai-sziget island, celebrated its 26th anniversary in 2018 with its biggest crowd to date, a mammoth 565,000 people across seven days. Coming in as Europe’s fifth largest festival and labelled as the continent’s answer to Glastonbury, this year’s Sziget welcomed over 1,000 performers over 60 different stages.

With organisers taking pride in the diversity of its event, this year’s lineup featured acts from multiple different genres, making its way from Stormzy to Seasick Steve and still finding time for an Abba tribute act along the way. Headline sets came from Kendrick Lamar, Artic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Lana Del Rey, Mumford & Sons and Kygo.

Sunday saw Albanian-British popstar Dua Lipa play her first ever headline set. The following day, Lipa took to Instagram to reflect on her performance at Sziget, saying: “My first ever major festival headline show. What an absolute dream. I don’t know how we got here so fast but I never wanna leave.”

“The DNA of the festival, openness, love and respect, could be found in every stage”

Alongside music, “Szitizens” were also treated to a number of cultural offerings. Over at the Cirque du Sziget and Magic Mirror stage, onlookers revelled in the performance of circus troupe FAMEfatale.  Elsewhere, art installations and sculptures dotted the island’s landscape, promoting this year’s “Love Revolution” theme.

Like so many other festivals this season, Sziget’s 26th edition focused much of its attention on reducing its impact on the environment. With a reusable cup system put in place, eco-camping and recycling centres, organisers hoped to reduce rubbish on site, and in keeping with the trend seen at festivals worldwide, plastic straws were banned.

Reflecting on this year’s record-smashing success, CEO of Sziget Tamás Kádár says: “We are so proud to have seen 565,000 people from all over the world join us here in the heart of Budapest.

“An international celebration of the arts, artists from over 63 different countries came to perform over 1000 programmes in seven days.

“The DNA of the festival, openness, love and respect, could be found in every stage, performance and Szitizen, and we will continue to lead the way with our love revolution.”

 


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‘We’ve been stepping up for years’: Brits’ #MeToo moment

Performers and awards nominees used last night’s Brits, the UK’s leading music awards ceremony, to express solidarity with the global campaign against sexual harassment in the entertainment industries, with both male and female artists donning white roses in support of the Time’s Up movement.

Ellie Goulding, who presented the award for best international female solo artist to Adwoa Aboah, summed up the mood when she said: “It’s so amazing to see so many people tonight wearing the rose. We’re very proud to be women, and actually I think we can all agree that we’ve been stepping up for years.”

The “stepping up” comment was a pointed reference to Grammys chief Neil Portnow, who caused a furore last month when he told women they needed to “step up” if they wanted greater representation in the music industry, leading to calls for his resignation.

Dua Lipa, who took home both the best British female and British breakthrough artist prizes, similarly used her acceptance speak to highlight women’s role in music.

“I want to thank every single female who’s been on this stage before me that has given girls like me – not just girls in the music industry, but girls in society – a place to be inspired, to look up to, and that have allowed us to dream this big,” she said. “Here’s to more women on these stages, more women winning awards and more women taking over the world.”

“Here’s to more women on these stages, more women winning awards and more women taking over the world”

Artists of both sexes, including Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith, Stormzy, Rito Ora, Sam Smith, Little Mix, Rag’n’Bone Man, Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne, Emma Bunton, Jess Glynne and Kylie Minogue, wore the roses on the red carpet (and Faith was later seen berating a confused Royal Blood for their conspicuously bare lapels, telling them, “You should be carrying these, in camaraderie with women”).

Also notable was the level of success for non-white artists, perhaps reflecting the greater number of “BAME” (black, Asian and minority-ethnic) members of the judging panel following 2016’s #BritsSoWhite debacle.

In a surprise result, black grime star Stormzy beat Ed Sheeran to the best British male and best British album awards (for Gangs Signs & Prayer), with Kosovar Albanian-origin Lipa the only other artist to pick up two gong. American rapper Kendrick Lamar, meanwhile – known for his politically charged lyrics dealing with black empowerment – took home the best international male prize.

A full list of winners is below:

British album of the year
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

British artist video
Harry Styles – ‘Sign of The Times’

British breakthrough
Dua Lipa

British female solo artist
Dua Lipa

British group
Gorillaz

British male solo artist
Stormzy

British single
Rag’n’Bone Man – ‘Human’

International female solo artist
Lorde

International group
Foo Fighters

International male solo artist
Kendrick Lamar

 


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The show will go on for Rolling Loud 2017

Kendrick Lamar-headlined festival Rolling Loud has avoided cancellation after board members of the Bayfront Park Management Trust voted unanimously to allow it to go ahead as planned next month.

The major hip-hop event, promoted by Dope Entertainment, was facing the prospect of being called off following the revelation that its move to the 32-acre Miami park had only been signed off by one board member. Frank Carollo, the chairman of the trust which manages Bayfront Park, then called a special meeting “to vote on approval/denial of the use agreement for the Rolling Loud festival”, arguing that all uses of the park must be approved by the entire board.

Cue Rolling Loud’s lawyer, Jeffrey Bass, threatening the city with a lawsuit, warning that Dope had already sold close to 40,000 tickets and would suffer damages “well in excess of $30 million” if the event were cancelled.

“I feel like I got acquitted for a crime, and I know I didn’t do anything wrong. It’s crazy”

According to the Miami Herald, yesterday’s vote “went quickly, with little discussion save a few changes to the contract limiting when the festival can conduct sound checks and requiring that the festival increase its investment in off-duty police and firefighters to nearly $800,000”.

“I feel like I got acquitted for a crime, and I know I didn’t do anything wrong. It’s crazy,” said festival co-founder Tariq Cherif after the vote. “We should have never had to go through this.”

Rolling Loud – an “Ultra for hip hop” which took place at Soho Studios and Mana Wynwood in 2015 and 2016, respectively – will this year run from 5 to 7 May. Other performers include Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Future and A$AP Rocky.

Bayfront Park is also home to EDM event Ultra and an outdoor concert venue, Bayfront Park Amphitheater, booked by Live Nation.

 


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Coachella 2017 headliners revealed

The line-up for Coachella 2017 has been revealed, with Beyonce, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar set to headline the festival in April.

Promoted by Goldenvoice, the event returns this year to the Empire Polo Club in California and takes place across two weekends.

Radiohead are headlining on Friday April 14th and 21st. Other acts on the bill for those dates include the XX, Travis Scott, Father John Misty and Empire of the Sun.

On Saturday, April 15th and 22nd, Beyonce is the main act. Bon Iver, Future, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, School Boy Q and Gucci Mane will also play.

Kendrick Lamar completes the headline line-up on Sunday April 16th and 23rd. He appears on the bill alongside Lorde, Justice, New Order, Porter Robinson & Madeon and Future Islands.

A whole host of other acts are also set to appear, including Bastille, Glass Animals, Steve Angello, Banks, Two Door Cinema Club, DJ Khaled and many more.

Last year Goldenvoice won approval from Indio City Council to increase the festival’s capacity by 26.3%, with the attendance cap rising from 99,000 to 125,000.

2016’s event saw Calvin Harris close the first weekend with the ‘largest-ever light show’, while Guns N’ Roses and LCD Soundsystem also headlined.

Passes for 2017’s festival go on sale on January 4th.

 


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