Manchester ups security for Kendrick Lamar’s arena gig

Just a few days from Valentine’s Day this February, Seven-time Grammy-winning hip-hop Renaissance man Kendrick Lamar will be in Manchester.

With special guests, Lamar will bring the DAMN. tour to Manchester Arena on 10 February.

Considering last year’s tragic incident at Ariana Grande’s concert at the venue, there will be extensive security measures added for public safety.

The 30-year-old rapper from Compton, Los Angeles released his latest album DAMN., in April last year. He toured the US for much of the summer of 2017 and now is bringing his show to our shores.

His special guests include Mercury Prize winner James Blake who has been announced as support for the shows. Blake’s 2013 album Overgrown won the Mercury Prize later that year and has since gone on to work with the likes of Frank Ocean and Bon Iver.

The European leg of Lamar’s tour will begin in Ireland this February before Manchester’s gig. Lamar announced the news via an Instagram post.

With a debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 – marking his third time at the top spot – Lamar has sold north of 603,000 album units. The rapper has amassed over 340 million streams and features 14 tracks observing the complexities of today’s culture.

Pitchfork cites “DAMN. is a widescreen masterpiece of rap, full of expensive beats, furious rhymes, and peerless storytelling about Kendrick’s destiny in America”.

Rolling Stone declares DAMN. a “dazzling display of showy rhyme skills, consciousness-raising political screeds, self-examination and bass-crazy-kicking…”

All tickets are subject to a booking fee and venue facility fee of £1.20 per ticket. The venue facility fee covers the increased property rates introduced by central government in 2017.

 

TNT Entertainment

Photo Credit: Batiste Safont

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