New UK Tour Just Announced (including HMV Hammersmith Apollo, December 15)
‘I Need A Dollar’ charts at #2, spends 8 weeks in Top 10
“A real discovery” Guardian
“A modern classic” Dazed & Confused
“Could hardly be more contemporary…blissful” Mojo ****
“Strikingly fresh and full of vim” NME, 8/10
“His songcraft has no modern peer” Word
Aloe Blacc has announced details of an extensive UK headline tour, which will take place this winter. Beginning at Birmingham’s HMV Institute on December 3, Aloe’s nationwide trek will additionally call at Leeds, Nottingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle, Liverpool, Glasgow and Bristol. He will then play a huge show at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on December 15, before concluding at Brighton’s Dome on the following night. Tickets go on sale on Friday (July 15), and are available via his website (www.aloeblacc.co.uk) and www.livenation.co.uk .
News of Aloe’s UK tour follows the huge crossover success of ‘I Need A Dollar’, which has drawn comparisons with the likes of Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott-Heron. Blacc famously wrote ‘I Need A Dollar’ following a redundancy from his then-job, during which he still gigged furiously as an MC, searching for a break. ‘Dollar’ began to pick up extensive attention following its use on the HBO show, ‘How to Make It in America’, before impacting across Europe and the US, almost via word-of-mouth. Its release through Epic in May eventually led to an extraordinary eight weeks in the UK Top 10, where it peaked at number 2. The track is already nearing 400,000 sales in the UK, has picked up over 13 million Youtube hits for the official video, and was recently nominated for a Mojo Award for Best Song. With a Top 10 album, ‘Good Things’, also under his belt, Blacc has now emerged as one of the year’s most in-demand new artists.
Having played sell-out headline dates at London’s Somerset House, Scala and Jazz Café – plus show-stealing sets at Glastonburyand other festivals – tickets for Aloe’s UK tour are sure to sell fast.
December 3 Birmingham HMV Institute
December 4 Leeds O2 Academy
December 5 Nottingham Rock City
December 7 Manchester Manchester Academy
December 8 Newcastle O2 Academy
December 9 Sheffield Plug
December 11 Liverpool O2 Academy
December 12 Glasgow ABC
December 14 Bristol Bristol O2 Academy
December 15 London HMV Hammersmith Apollo
December 16 Brighton Dome
Tickets go onsale at 9am on Friday 15th July at 9am (all tickets subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk