Three-time Ivor Novello Award winner Ben Drew aka Plan B has today announced an intimate UK tour, his first in almost six years, showcasing exciting brand new material from his upcoming fourth studio album ‘Heaven Before Hell Breaks Loose’, as well as classic tracks from his critically acclaimed back catalogue. Kicking off in Manchester on 26th April, the tour takes in Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle, Southend and Bristol, finishing up on 3rd May at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. Tickets will be available to fans as pre-sale on Weds 15th November, and on general sale on Friday 17th November HERE.
Last month the BRIT Award winner, cultural commentator, critically acclaimed director and actor, and musical maverick announced his eagerly anticipated fourth studio album ‘Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose’ (HBAHBL), to be released on 13th April 2018 via Atlantic Records. He also unveiled his new single ‘Heartbeat’, written with Kwabs and Al Shux (Jay Z, Lana Del Ray), which marries Plan B’s incredible signature vocals with soulful, uplifting beats and spine-tingling melodies. Listen BELOW:
Plan B made his first live appearance in over 4 years at the end of May, headlining the ‘Where It Begins’ stage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull, and followed this with an incredibly special one-off live event at The Globe Theatre in July, pairing stunning visual effects with classic tracks, as well as previewing brand new, unheard, material.
A truly defiant figure in the world of music, Ben Drew’s diverse creativity is inexhaustible. His raw, incendiary debut album, Who Needs Actions When You Got Words broke new ground for UK hip hop in 2006, a loud, proud, obscenity-riddled scream of anger and pride from the streets of East London. But a part of Ben always stayed faithful to the soul he’d first heard as a child, and his sophomore album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks saw him marry the two together with astounding success, achieving quadruple-platinum status, hitting the #1 album spot and selling over 1.4 million copies in the UK alone, plus seeing him win both a BRIT and three Ivor Novello’s. His 2012 directorial debut (and accompanying album) iLL Manors saw him smashing boundaries with his creative style of overlapping stories and interweaving rap-narrative, boldly addressing socio-political issues with his often brutal cultural commentary, seeing Ben nominated for his fifth BRIT Award, being nominated for his first Mercury Music prize, and once again hitting #1 in the UK album chart.
April 26th Manchester, Apollo
April 27th Birmingham, O2 Academy
April 28th Glasgow, O2 Academy
April 29th Newcastle, O2 Academy
May 1st Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
May 2nd Bristol, Colston Hall
May 3rd London, O2 Academy Brixton