Mercury Prize-winning UK grime artist Skepta is set to headline an exclusive, one-off show at Islington Assembly Hall on 4 April, in aid of housing and homelessness charity Shelter.
In order to be in with a chance at buying tickets, which cost £40, you need to enter your details into a ballot on Shelter’s website. The ballot is open until 10am on Thursday (March 30th), and those who have won tickets will be contacted by 1pm on Thursday.
Speaking about the decision to work with the charity and its 750-capacity show, Skepta said: “I'm happy to hear the people at Shelter want me to play a show there. I am a man of the people and I can't wait to touch down.”
The news comes a week after the dates and venues for Skepta’s previously announced “Banned From America” tour had been announced. The first leg of the 14-show tour will start with a Sunday performance at Coachella on April 16th. The tour will then see him perform in Chicago, Toronto and Montreal. In June he will headline shows in Philadelphia and Washington - and he’ll also perform in a series of European festivals throughout June and July.
Last year, Skepta was forced to cancel his American tour dates - including is scheduled appearance at Coachella - after his visa was denied. A year on and the artist has won a Mercury Prize, and received multiple more co-signs from Drake. According to the BBC, US streaming figures have rocketed for Skepta, Giggs and Jorja Smith following their appearances on Drake’s “More Life” playlist.
Giggs, who features on tracks “No Long Talk” and “KMT” has seen an increase in US streams on Spotify by 146% - while Skepta’s US Spotify streams have been given a 21% boost and Jorja Smith’s figures have been lifted by a solid 12%. The news has been welcomed in the UK as another notch in grime’s belt. As has so often been the case with the genre’s head honcho, Skepta is making all the right moves.