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Final line-up for MOBO tour, set to arrive in Liverpool

by Leanne Durr. Published Thu 02 Feb 2012 22:26, last updated: 03/02/12
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MOBO, Urban Development and PRS for Music Foundation announce Benny Banks and Smiler as the final names to be included in the line up for the The MOBO Tour 2012.

The two rappers will join the already smoking hot line-up of Clement Marfo and The Front Line, Lady Leshurr, Youngman, P Money, Josh Osho, Rascals and Cleo Sol.

North London’s Benny Banks is one of the most talked about rappers in the UK right now with his single Bada Bing already hyped to do big things this year and Smiler is hotly tipped for 2012 by the likes of NME with Delorean (featuring Wretch 32) his first musical offering for the year.

Already a favourite with tastemakers, Youngman has toured the world with Example, Skream and Benga and is back to take on the UK with the MOBO Tour.

P Money is no stranger to the live scene; part of seminal crew, OGz, he’s worked with Ed Sheeran and True Tiger, and is the newest signing to Rinse, home to Katy B. Commanding on any beat from grime to dubstep to rap, his street anthems have made him one of the most in-demand performers in UK rap.

Josh Osho has been building a buzz across blogs and websites since he hit the scene several months back and 2012 looks like it’s his year.

This guitar playing singer songwriter featured Ghostface Killah on his debut single, while his forthcoming album is executively produced by Ghost's Wu Tang Clan mate, the RZA.

Causing chaos wherever they go, energetic London rap and vocal group Rascals have had over 5 million hits on Youtube and are one of the most exciting young crews around and Cleo Sol has a voice that needs to be heard to be believed.

Born to a musical family, the half Serbian/ half Spanish west London singer has worked with everyone from Davinche to Tinie Tempah, Bashy, Roll Deep and Wretch 32.

MOBO can report a massive response to their Unsung competition with an extremely high quality of many of the entries.

A random selection of these are now available to view on line at www.mobo.com before they will be narrowed down to 3 finalists from each region.

These finalists will be announced later this week and feature on the website before a group of experts and DJs select a winner for each of the eight regions to perform on stage when the tour hits their city.

The MOBO Tour 2012 is set to travel to eight cities across the UK, offering audiences the opportunity to see some of 2012’s freshest, emerging talent on stage and attend industry workshops and seminars (via Industry Takeover @ MOBO Academy).

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation all of this will be provided for FREE.

Seminars and workshops are provided with thanks to Urban Development’s ‘Industry Takeover’ and will take place on the day of the show.

Industry experts from well respected organisations including SB.TV, RWD Magazine, PRS for Music Foundation, SJM Concerts, artists on the MOBO Tour and more will all be sharing their insider industry knowledge, answering questions and offering advice to audiences across the country. And all for FREE.

The MOBO Tour, seminars, workshops and Unsung competition highlights all partners’ efforts to support, guide and nurture new and developing talent across the UK.


Catch the tour, seminars, and workshops when they head to Liverpool on the 24th February.

The Industry takeover, including workshops and seminars, will take place at The Black-E. Whilst the gig will happen at the O2 Academy.


*Please note not all artists will play at each show, so please check http://www.mobo.com for all the news.

To apply for your free ticket to the MOBO tour or Industry takeover visit: http://www.mobo.com



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