Chart topping UK act Rizzle Kicks, last year nominated for 3 gongs, joined MOBO Awards founder Kanya King MBE today to announce that the prestigious MOBO Awards are returning to Liverpool.
The Echo Arena Liverpool will host the star-studded show on Saturday 3rd November. Tickets go on sale 9am Wednesday 15th August at www.mobo.com.
It has been a brilliant year for Great Britain, and for UK urban music in particular, as evidenced by urban artists having pivotal roles performing to over a billion people in the opening and closing ceremonies for London 2012 including Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah, Taio Cruz and Emeli Sandé- who had her UK TV debut on the MOBO stage (with Chipmunk in Glasgow in 2009).
The internationally renowned MOBO Awards are held annually in the UK and over the past 17 years, MOBO has showcased and honoured many of the music industry's finest talent from around the world with performances and attendances from A-list artists including Janet Jackson, Destiny's Child, Dionne Warwick, Justin Timberlake, Tina Turner, Dizzee Rascal, Marley Family, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Usher and Amy Winehouse to name a few.
MOBO Awards founder, Kanya King MBE, said "We had a fantastic show in Liverpool two years ago and worked very well with the City and the Echo Arena Liverpool which makes it a real joy to come back and have an even bigger celebration of the best talent around this year. This year's show will have some fabulous performances as always, with some great performances on the night! The nominations for the various categories will be announced early next month. Both Liverpool and MOBO are getting ready for another historic event in this Olympic year."
Rizzle Kicks' Jordan, who collected the BeMOBO Award in 2010 on behalf of music charity Youth Music, commented "MOBO is a great platform for music artists, we've always been big supporters of the awards and it's exciting we'll be announcing they are coming back to Liverpool. Great city and we can't wait for the night!"
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said "Liverpool is delighted to host the MOBO awards for the second time. It's a real coup that once again the city has been selected as the location where some of the music industry's finest talents will be honoured. This city's contribution to music is unrivalled and as a vibrant, creative and diverse city, we welcome any opportunity to showcase what Liverpool has to offer. It is thanks to the award-winning Echo Arena Liverpool that we are able to welcome such exciting events which all help to project us before a global audience."
"We have a fantastic reputation when it comes to staging high-profile events and I'm sure that the 2012 MOBO Awards will be a huge success."
Bob Prattey, Chief Executive of ACC Liverpool, said: "The MOBO Awards chose Liverpool as the first ever location outside of London to host their prestigious event in 2010, building on the city's reputation of having a strong musical heritage. The Awards will be broadcast across BBC platforms so they will provide another fantastic opportunity to show the world that Liverpool successfully hosts significant music events."
"As November's Awards will take place on a Saturday night, the potential for economic impact is huge with thousands of visitors expected to stay in the city for the weekend."
The Awards will take place in Echo Arena Liverpool whilst the adjoining BT Convention Centre will provide additional green room space for artists."
Public and VIP tickets can be purchased on 0844 8000 400 and online at www.mobo.com. Alternatively, they can be purchased from the Echo Arena Liverpool Box Office from 9am Wednesday 15th August and www.ticketquarter.co.uk. Tickets are from £29 and are subject to a booking / handling fee.
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