ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT UK TOUR 2015
Double Grammy Award-winning HipHop trailblazers Arrested Development are embarking on a rare UK tour in February 2015.
Speech, 1 Love, Tasha LaRae, Fareedah Aleem, Za’ and JJ Boogie will be bringing their colourful sounds and unique mixture of consciousness and musicality to 8 venues across the UK this February, including a very special show at London’s iconic KOKO in Camden.
With classics such as People Everyday, Revolution and the ubiquitous Mr Wendle, this unique chance to enjoy the Arrested Development live experience is not to be missed!
Supporting Arrested Development will be two incredible acts: 47Soul and HeaveN Beatbox.
47Soul are an incredible band who fuse traditional Palestinian street music and dance, deep electronic beats mixed and sounds of the Middle East, from Iraqi Choubi to Mijwez. They tour extensively across the world, and have been featured by BBC TV for inspiring new communities in the UK.
Over the past few years HeaveN Beatbox has emerged as one of America’s most notable beatboxers. Having opened for the likes of Big Boi (Outkast), Kenny Burns, and DJ Trauma, he featured in a Converse and Footlocker commercial, won and became a finalist for Fame national talent search leading to a string of shows in a multitude of venues across the East coast of the United States. Having won a multitude of beatboxing championship titles, HeaveN became the first beatboxer to ever be incorporated into a circus, joining a 9 month USA tour with the World renown UniverSoul Circus.
UK Tour Dates
17 February Club Academy Manchester
18 February University Stylus Leeds
19 February Junction Cambridge
20 February Assembly Leamington Spa
21 February Britannia Theatre Chatham
22 February Koko Camden, London
23 February Concorde 2 Brighton
24 February Marble Factory Bristol
Tickets for all shows available here: http://www.songkick.com/artists/93876-arrested-development/calendar
Arrested Development Biography
It’s been twenty years since a new group called Arrested Development slammed the gangsta dominated world of hip hop with defiant lyrics of hope. AD became the first ever hip-hop artist to receive the “best new artist” Grammy, (a distinction it still maintains today in that category). In addition, the group also received a Grammy award for “best rap single” for their anthemic prayer-like hit song, Tennessee. With the success of the single Mr Wendal, Arrested Development brought the issue of homelessness to the forefront.
Awards, chart success and accolades continued to follow. One of the highlights was being asked to write a song for Spike Lee’s movie X about minister and human rights activist, Malcom X. The Arrested Development song, Revolution, would forever be associated with one of the most important movies in black culture. Their debut album, 3 years, 5 months and two days In The Life of, sold over 4 million units and included the second single and biggest UK hit ‘People Everyday’.
With the pressures of the music industry weighing heavily, and inner turmoil striking within the group, Arrested Development then took a break until 2000 when they re emerged with a new lineup and a new album called “Heroes of the Harvest”. This time the inner turmoil was replaced by inner peace, the pressures of the industry were lifted, and one of hip hop’s best, was back rocking stages and releasing new material, including 2012?s ‘Standing At The Crossroads’, which the band offered up for free from their website.
For the last thirteen years, Arrested Development has performed concerts in literally every part of the world. They continue to release new music and find new success in different corners of the globe with their incredible live show.
Since forming in Spring 2013, 47SOUL have launched their high-energy music in the Middle East, completed 2 UK summer festival tours and sold out shows at some of London’s best music venues.
The music of 47SOUL combines Debka, the traditional Palestinian street music and dance, with deep electronic beats mixed with sounds of the Middle East, from Iraqi Choubi to Mijwez. 47SOUL takes these sounds to the global dance floor with analog synthesizers, dub effects, and trance-inducing guitar lines. Their lyrics, mixing Arabic and English, focus on celebration, freedom and the struggle for equality around the world.
Featured on BBC television for inspiring new communities in London, every 47SOUL show unites cultures across borders and explodes into raucous Debka dance. The city of London is not the same since they arrived. The band are currently working their debut album set for UK release in June 2015.
HeaveN Beatbox Biography
HeaveN Beatbox first encountered beatboxing at the age of 14 mimicking sounds and replicating music played in his older brothers car to and from high school. He grew up learning how to beatbox after playing a game online called Counter-Strike where he quickly learned of other beatboxers through an online program called ventrilo that gamers used to communicate during online game play.
He started competing in open mic competitions and doing local shows in Atlanta Ga where he was asked to open for Big Boi of Outkast, Kenny Burns, Dr. Cornell West and DJ Trauma. After, he featured in a Converse and Footlocker commercial, won and became a finalist for Fame national talent search, and performed shows on tours in a multitude of venues and clubs across the East coast of the United States.
HeaveN is a 5-time Georgia State University Open Mic winner, a 3 time Top-16 American Beatbox championship qualifier and American vice-beatbox champion. He was one of 3 American representatives at the 2012 World Beatbox Championships in Berlin, and placed 3rd place at the Boss Loop Pedal World Championship in Hollywood, California.
He is the first beatboxer to ever be incorporated into a circus and is currently on a 9 month USA nation wide tour with the World renown UniverSoul Circus.