Currently enjoying the most successful era of his career following the #1 smash hit 'Heatwave', the godfather of grime Wiley has now confirmed details of a 'Boy Better Know presents' tour alongside Skepta and JME, both of whom feature on his current hit single 'Can You Hear Me? (ayayaya)'.
Hot on the heels of Wiley's performance at the MOBO Awards this weekend at which he was nominated for Best UK Male and Best Hip-Hop/Grime, the Boy Better Know tour will hit the following venues:
- 18th – Norwich, UEA
- 19th – Birmingham, The Library @ HMV Institute
- 20th – London, Forum
- 22nd – Manchester, HMV Ritz
- 23rd – Bristol, O2 Academy
Tickets go on sale from 9am on Friday, November 9th priced at £14.50 for London and £12.50 for all regional dates.
Wiley is joined on the tour by Boy Better Know founders Skepta and JME. North London MC and producer Skepta is parlaying a youth spent cutting his teeth on pirate radio and in grime raves into a mainstream career with seemingly unstoppable momentum which have included a string of UK chart hits such as 'Bad Boy', 'Rescue Me', 'Hold On' and 'Make Peace Not War'. Skepta's brother JME is renowned for rejecting the stereotypes that other grime MCs have embraced and has carved out a career as one of the underground's key artists following two cult album releases. As well as 'Can You Hear Me? (ayayaya)', JME also hit the Top 40 as a guest on Lethal Bizzle's 'Pow 2011'.
Now signed to One More Tune / Warner Bros. Records, Wiley's stunning return with 'Heatwave' saw him spend two weeks at #1 as it sold over 400,000 copies. His follow-up 'Can You Hear Me? (ayayaya)' is also building to become a major hit after entering the charts at #3 with in excess of 75,000 first week sales.
While Wiley has always demonstrated an ability to mainstream-infiltrating tracks that maintain his longstanding underground credibility with singles as 'Wearing My Rolex' (#2), 'Never Be Your Woman' (#8), 'Cash In My Pocket' (#19) and 'Take That' (#20), the combination of 'Heatwave' and 'Can You Hear Me?' has provided him with two huge consecutive crossover hits for the first time in his highly influential career.
Wiley's recent high profile has continued with major festival sets at V and Bestival, and he also featured prominently in a Radio 1 TV advert alongside the likes of Cheryl Cole, Rita Ora and One Direction's Harry Styles.