James Blake postpones US tour to attend Mercury Music Prize ceremony

The producer was nominated for his second album 'Overgrown'

James Blake has postponed a clutch of October US tour dates due to his Mercury Music Prize nomination.

The producer has made the shortlist for his second album ‘Overgrown’ and according to a post on his Facebook page will be attending the ceremony on October 30.

“Due to being nominated (and therefore having to attend) the Mercury Music Awards in London I’m afraid we’ve had to postpone the following gigs from the Oct/Nov US Tour,” the post reads. “The dates will be rescheduled for early next year, sincere apologies to those who bought tickets. Refunds are available and existing tickets are valid for the rescheduled dates TBA.”

Earlier this week (September 17), Blake put out a remix of his track ‘Life Round Here’ featuring hotly tipped Chicago artist Chance The Rapper. Click here to listen to it.

James Blake is nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize alongside Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie and Laura Marling. The shortlist of the 12 ‘Albums Of The Year’ chosen by an independent judging panel were announced on September 11 at London’s Hospital Club. Arctic Monkeys’ new album ‘AM’ is nominated while Bowie’s comeback album ‘The Next Day’ will also be in consideration. Other albums on the shortlist include Jon Hopkins’ ‘Immunity’, ‘Settle’ by Disclosure, Savages’ ‘Silence Yourself’ and ‘Holy Fire’ by Foals.

James Blake begins his UK tour this week. He will play:

Manchester Ritz (20)
Birmingham Institute (21)
Oxford O2 Academy (22)
Bristol O2 Academy (24)
London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (25/26)

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