As the award-winning British rapper announces a gigantic tour including stop-offs all over the UK, Getintothis‘ Miles Etchells looks forward to a tempting proposition.
Liverpool is the first show on a packed schedule for the rapper’s 10th anniversary tour, which celebrates the 2006 release of his debut album It’s Not A Rumour.
Since his acclaimed arrival on the UK rap scene – he won Best Hip Hop Act at the MOBO Awards 2006 – Akala has written and released five albums and four mixtapes on his own Illa State Records.
His 2006 single Shakespeare became a grime classic, with its blend of sophisticated rhymes and powerful beats. In 2011 his BBC Radio 1 Extra freestyle Fire In The Booth reached legendary status on the show, as Akala’s astute political bars saw it become one of the most listened to and viewed productions to come from the station.
Akala’s 2016 UK tour begins in Liverpool before visiting another 23 venues in the space of a month, ending in Wolverhampton on October 30th.
Full UK tour dates:
October 3: Arts Club, Liverpool
October 4: Manchester Academy 2, Manchester
October 5: 53 Degrees, Preston
October 7: O2 ABC, Glasgow
October 8: Riverside, Newcastle
October 9: Liquid Room, Edinburgh
October 11: Plug, Sheffield
October 12: KOKO, London
October 13: O2 Institute 2, Birmingham
October 20: Marble Factory, Bristol
October 24: Waterfront, Norwich
October 25: Maze, Nottingham
October 28: Concorde 2, Brighton
October 31: Junction, Cambridge