Close your eyes and you'd think you were listening to unreleased tracks from Marvin Gaye. Michael Kiwanuka's singles "Home Again" and "Black Man in a White World" saw a slew of open-mouthed critics likening him to Van Morrison, Otis Redding and Bill Withers. Yet, far from being intimidated by the soaring praise, the singer has taken it all in his stride and continues to stun listeners across the world with his heartfelt soul.
Still only 30, Kiwanuka toured with Adele in 2011; won the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll; and scored his first number one album with Love & Hate in 2016. He was also honoured at the 5th prestigious HiPipo Music Awards with "Best Global Act", in recognition and celebration of the success of his second album Love & Hate and Kiwanuka's musical accomplishments since his 2012 debut Home Again.
After thrilling crowds with a brilliant set of honey-coated, singalong material during his headline slot at this year's Green Man festival, the mesmerising soul man hit the tour bus to take his feel-good sound around the UK; playing eight dates around the country including the London Palladium, the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Birmingham's Symphony Hall. Keep your eyes peeled for more tour information and grab your Michael Kiwanuka tickets at StubHub.
Michael Kiwanuka's meteoric rise shows no signs of slowing
When the north London soul singer released his first EP, he could hardly have predicted he'd be supporting Adele that very same year. The former session guitarist has seen a rapid rise in the last few years, moving from low key gigs in Kentish Town to wowing crowds at some of the UK's biggest festivals. His debut album, Home Again, which shares its name with its hit single, charted at number four.
Second album Love & Hate – featuring the single "Black Man in a White World" – saw him rise to even greater heights, hitting the top spot on the UK album charts and being shortlisted for the Mercury Prize. His voice has a gravitas that few in the music industry can claim to match, while baring a soul and songwriting touch that seems wise far beyond its years; it's no wonder his work is already being compared to the music of legends.
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After you've grabbed Michael Kiwanuka tickets, take a look at some of the other artists listed at StubHub UK. Jazz man Gregory Porter always put on a great show, while the prolific John Legend is continuously adding dates to his busy touring schedule.
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