December 10, 2013 15:43

Childish Gambino announces UK tour dates

US rapper will perform live in Manchester and London in 2014

Childish Gambino announces UK tour dates

Photo: Ibra Ake

Childish Gambino has announced two UK dates to take place next year.

The rapper – actor and musician Donald Glover – released his new album 'Because The Internet' this week (December 9) and will perform live at shows in London and Manchester in February. The shows take place at Gorilla in Manchester on February 5 and KOKO in London on February 6. Scroll down for ticket details.

Childish Gambino's second album 'Because The Internet' features 19 tracks, including collaborations with Chance The Rapper and Azealia Banks. It is the follow-up to his 2011 debut LP 'Camp'.

In October Childish Gambino posted a hand-written seven-page letter on Instagram listing his anxieties and desires for his new album. The rapper, comedian and former Community actor detailed a list of fears, saying he's scared that "people hate who I really am" and that people would find out "what I masturbate to". Most surprising of all, however, was his admission that he "didn't leave Community to rap" and how he "doesn't want to rap".

He later explained the letter in an interview with NME, insisting: "I'm not having a personality crisis, more like a personality burst." He also confirmed that he is not actually giving up his music career - but simply objects to calling himself a "rapper". He continued: "I just don't like the term 'rapper'. It exists but I'm definitely not a rapper. Rap is all balances of coolness and who can do the most with just their bravado. I don't have that. That's not my game. I'm not going to make certain things 'cool'. But it means that I am going where rappers can't go."

Childish Gambino will play:

Manchester Gorilla (February 5)
London KOKO (6)


To check the availability of Childish Gambino tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.

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