Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and De La Soul are going on tour together to mark the anniversaries of their landmark hip-hop albums.
The ‘Gods Of Rap’ tour will call at UK and Ireland arena shows together at The SSE Arena Wembley on May 10, Manchester Arena on May 11, Glasgow The SSE Hydro on May 12, Dublin’s 3Arena on Tuesday May 14 – and have now added dates throughout Europe.
The full tour dates so far are:
Friday May 10, 2019 – LONDON SSE Arena, Wembley (United Kingdom)
Saturday May 11, 2019 – MANCHESTER Arena (United Kingdom)
Sunday May 12, 2019 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro (United Kingdom)
Tuesday May 14, 2019 – DUBLIN 3Arena (Ireland)
Friday May 17, 2019 – PARIS AccorHotels Arena (France)
Tuesday May 21, 2019 – COPENHAGEN Royal Arena (Denmark)
Thursday May 23, 2019 – OSLO Spektrum (Norway)
The mammoth ‘God Of Rap’ tour celebrates the groups’ iconic rap records: Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Enter The Wu-Tang 36 Chambers’ (1993), Public Enemy’s ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back’ (1988), and De La Soul’s ‘3 Feet High And Rising’ (1989).
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Speaking to Music Week, SJM promoter Chris Wareing said: “I don’t believe anything like this has been done in the UK before on this level.”
“This tour creates a legacy, it’s a moment. The groups are the biggest in their genres, they’re all celebrating notable anniversaries of their biggest albums and I am led to believe this is the first time they have all been on the same bill together.
“It’s important to kick the door open and create something special that leaves a legacy and gives incredible value for ticket buyers.”
The tour will be hosted and presented by DJ Premier. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on January 25.
Public Enemy released a surprise free album, ‘Nothing Is Quick In The Desert’, in 2017 to mark their 30th year as a group.
Meanwhile, De La Soul supported Lauryn Hill on one of her ‘Miseducation’ 20th anniversary tour dates in September 2018.
The surviving members of Wu-Tang Clan reunited Jimmy Kimmel’s chat show in October last year to play two tracks from their aforementioned seminal debut album ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).’