Not3s Sells out UK headline tour in 15 minutes
Live at BBC Sound Poll Festival
Top 20 new single – ‘My Lover’ (ft. Mabel) – & ‘Fine Line’ collaboration
Wireless festival + debut EP – ‘Take Not3s’ – available now on Relentless Records
Not3s has sold out his UK headline tour in just fifteen minutes, which includes his biggest show to date at London’s Koko on April 17th. Last night he also performed live at Madia Vale for the BBC’s Sound Poll Live festival, alongside fellow nominees including Sigrid and Rex Orange County plus returning alumni Years & Years.
This coincides with the success of Not3s’ new single ‘My Lover’ (ft. Mabel), which is currently top 20 and rising following a breakout few months: Mabel’s new single, ‘Fine Line’, in turn features Not3s, and premiered to widespread acclaim last week. In addition to his immediately-sold-out UK tour, Not3s has additionally been invited to perform at 2018’s Wireless festival, on a bill also starring DJ Khaled, Giggs and Cardi B.
All this announces Not3s beyond doubt as one of the UK’s most charismatic, refreshing young talents. Effortlessly blending elements of hip-hop, dancehall and R&B – plus wider influences spanning his Hackney neighbourhood to African and Caribbean sounds – it’s the next great step forward from a young singer and MC still in his teens, but already proving himself a vibrant and vital British newcomer (and earning early accolades ranging from the GRM Award for Best Newcomer to being nominated for two Mobos).
Not3s’ debut EP, ‘Take Not3s’, draws on a multicultural, melting pot of sounds and experiences, which dig deeper still than just his remarkably confident introduction, ‘Addison Lee’. From primary school upwards he’d always written bars, where his mother remembers hearing him rapping along to DMX and singing to Usher. As a kid Not3s grew up in a relatively deprived household and felt compelled to work hard to avoid the temptations facing many young men of his age, rather than be dragged down the wrong path. It was an encouraging word from his headteacher that proved to be a turning point for Not3s, who suggested that he instead might find focus through making music.
Slowly honing his craft, the meanings of Not3s’ MC name and wider manifesto slowly crystallised: notes as in money, notes as in music, and the then-pipedream that someone might take notice of him. A modern coming of age story – with millions of streams, sold-out shows and now his first Top 20 single later – 2018 will see Not3s make further strides in making this is a reality.
April 12 || Thekla || Bristol
April 13 || O2 Insitute 2 || Birmingham
April 16 || Gorilla || Manchester
April 17 || Koko || London
April 18 || St Luke’s || Glasgow
July 8 || Wireless Festival || London