For over two decades, the MOBO Awards have been shining the light on fresh urban music talent in the UK. Household names who have gone on to top charts and tour around the world like RITA ORA, CRAIG DAVID, TINIE TEMPAH and countless others have all received their first major awards show performance opportunity at the MOBO Awards. This Friday – in its 21st year – the show continues its proud tradition by adding four talented emerging British urban music acts – FEKKY, SECTION BOYZ, IZZY BIZU and WSTRN – to the stellar line-up in Glasgow.
South London rapper FEKKY’s meteoric rise has seen him turn buzz from YouTube videos into sold-out headlining shows, and collaborations with Mercury Prize winner Skepta, Dizzee Rascal, Giggs, J Hus, Solo 45 and Professor Green. This will be Fekky’s second time performing at the MOBO Awards, following 2014’s joint-take over with Meridian Dan at London’s SSE Wembley Arena. He is nominated for Best Hip Hop Act alongside strong contenders like Giggs, Little Simz, Section Boyz and Wretch 32.
Fekky said: “it’s gonna be a mad ting! Make sure you lock in!”
Joining Fekky on stage will be the rap tour de foce that is SECTION BOYZ, who just teamed up with Skepta on their killer track ‘#Worst’. The Croydon collective swept up the much-coveted Best Newcomer prize at last year’s MOBO Awards and since then, they’ve had global music superstar Drake and Skepta join them at their London gig. The six-piece group is back this year, stronger than ever, as strong contenders in the Best Hip Hop category.
Critically lauded soul pop gem IZZY BIZU makes her exciting MOBO Awards debut this year. Fresh from releasing her debut album A Moment of Madness to rave reviews and performing at Glastonbury, the singer-songwriter is set to take on the awards stage in Glasgow, where she is also nominated for Best Newcomer.
Also adding shine to the superstar line-up is R&B group WSTRN. The trio from West London are best known for their infectious UK #4 hit with ‘In2’, which spent 11 weeks in the UK Top 20 last winter and was, just as recently as last month, certified platinum sales. They are up for two nominations: Best Video for ‘In2’ and Best Newcomer, alongside outstanding emerging talents like 67, AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, Avelino, Izzy Bizu, Kojey Radical, Mostack, Nadia Rose and Ray BLK.
This year’s MOBO Awards, hosted by RICKIE & MELVIN, will feature performances by CRAIG DAVID, LAURA MVULA, LADY LESHURR, CHASE & STATUS, CLEAN BANDIT, ANNE-MARIE, POPCAAN, FEKKY, SECTION BOYZ, IZZY BIZU and WSTRN.
Award-winning artist, songwriter and producer MS DYNAMITE and record-breaking multiple Olympic gold medalist NICOLA ADAMS will also be honoured with Paving The Way awards, acknowledging their status as trailblazers in their field who are paving the way for future generations of talent.
Arena and VIP tickets for the MOBO Awards are available at www.mobo.com/tickets.