London rapper Giggs drops 2019 UK tour dates
British rapper Giggs has announced a seven-date UK tour for Autumn 2019.
The award-winning hip-hop artist released his fifth album, Big Bad..., on 22 February and will be taking it on the road, with performances scheduled across Britain and Europe. Led by the single “187”, the record has been critically praised and will certainly make up most of the material on the singer’s upcoming tour.
Big Bad... is Giggs’ fifth studio album and reached No. 6 on the UK Albums Charts. The rapper has made some powerful pals in the industry —including Canadian hitmaker Drake, after appearing on his album More Life— and it shows on the record’s guest performers. The tracklist includes collaborations with Americans like Lil Yachty, French Montana and Swizz Beatz as well as homegrown hip-hop stars like Ghetts, Wretch 32 and Labrinth.
Though it’s been two years since his last record, Giggs has remained steadfast to his South London style — pumped out through his trademark gruff, gritty voice. The Guardian’s Dean Van Nguyen writes in his Big Bad... review: “Like his previous two releases – the album Landlord (2016) and mixtape Wamp 2 Dem (2017) – it is a fearsome set of gangsta rap tracks that eschews grime for more transatlantic trap and hip-hop production. The beats are grandiose, murderous things; Giggs enunciates every single bar, ensuring no words pass you by.”
The tour in support of the album, simply called ‘The Tour’, will see Giggs perform his largest show in London yet at Wembley’s SSE Arena on 6 December. The last time he performed in the Capital was at Lovebox Festival earlier this summer. Tickets for the tour went on sale on 27 August and have become hot items amongst British fans.
Want to be at one of the Giggs’ gigs? Keep reading for everything you need to know before you go to one of The Tour 2019 UK dates.
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- Real name: Nathaniel Thompson
- Age: 36 (11 May 1983)
- Studio albums: Walk in da Park (2008), Let Em Ave It (2010), When Will It Stop (2013), Landlord (2016), Big Bad… (2019)
- Major awards: BET Awards (Best Hip Hop Act: UK), MOBO Awards (Best Hip Hop)
What are Giggs UK tour dates?
Giggs will be hitting the streets with a European and UK tour this autumn. This will bring him to Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France before he makes his return to England with a show in Newcastle on 25 November.
Giggs The Tour 2019 UK dates:
- 25 November — O2 Academy, Newcastle
- 27 November — O2 Academy, Bristol
- 29 November — O2 Academy, Birmingham
- 30 November — O2 Academy, Bournemouth
- 3 December — O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
- 4 December — Rock City, Nottingham
- 6 December — The SSE Arena, Wembley
What is the Big Bad… tracklist?
Giggs’ latest album Big Bad… has an impressive 18 tracks, many of which feature some of the biggest names in hip hop on either side of the Atlantic.
In his review of the record, NME’s Thomas Hobbs says, “Now he’s friends with Drake and an artist known on both sides of the Atlantic, there’s perhaps been a fear Giggs’ fifth studio album ‘Big Bad’ might tamper with the 35-year-old’s individualistic style and re-jig the formula in order to reach a wider audience. But thankfully Giggs maintains his singular vision and doesn’t set out to try to please everybody — a trap that catches out so many of his UK peers. From start to finish, this is the Giggs we know and love.”
Big Bad… tracklist:
- “Great Collectives” (ft. Gashi)
- "Set It Off”
- "Spun It”
- "Mic Check" (ft. Jadakiss)
- "Show Me Respect”
- "Talk About It" (ft. Kristian Hamilton and Theophilus London)
- "Don't Go Hungry" (ft. Labrinth)
- "Run Me Down" (ft. Ghetts)
- "Nostalgia" (ft. Lil Yachty)
- "Hold Up" (ft. French Montana)
- "You Ain’t..."
- "Terminator" (ft. Swizz Beatz)
- "Gwop Expenses" (ft. Wretch 32)
What is Giggs’ real name?
Giggs’ birth name is Nathaniel Thompson. He has also gone by the stage name Hollowman. The name Giggs comes from his childhood nickname of “Giggler”, which came from the fact that the rapper had a habit of laughing at inappropriate times.
What genre is Giggs?
While Giggs is frequently labelled a grime MC, he has repeatedly and vehemently denied the title. In one interview, he notes that he’d prefer to be labelled a UK rapper instead.
On his Instagram, the Peckham-born artist also posted an image with the question, “IS GIGGS GRIME?” In the caption, he responded with, “NO GIGGS IS NOT”.