Tag: Plan B

plan b to play 02 arena

Plan B is to play his biggest arena show to date when he takes to the stage at London's 02 Arena.

The gig which takes place on 9th February 2013 is part of the rapper-come-filmmakers newly announced 11 date UK tour which will also see him playing dates in Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham and several other big cities.

The announcement marks the end of a rather busy summer for Ben Drew, as his mother calls him. In the last year alone he's not only written and directed his first film iLL Manors and released an accompanying album but has also starred in The Sweeney a remake of the 70's TV show which was released this week.

The shows also mark the rappers rise in fame and popularity. Not just anyone can put on a show at a venue as big as the 02 Arena and sell enough tickets to make it a success.

If you fancy being there then you'll be able to get tickets when they're released on Friday (14th September).

 

Wow. Plan B is really rushing through his iLL Manors album isn't he? After already releasing two tracks from it he's back with another, Deepest Shame and you can check out its accompanying video above.

The video, naturally, includes footage from his directorial debut including scenes featuring actress Anouska Mond who played Michelle in the film and who we interviewed just a few months ago. We chatted to her shortly before the release of the film and she filled us in on how a chance encounter with Plan B aka Ben Drew a few years ago led her to bagging the role.

Things have been going very well for the rapper turned singer turned actor turned director this year. Not only has he had a number one selling album, debuted his first ever film and recorded a documentary for BBC 3 he's also played a number of UK festivals including Radio One's Hackney Weekend and has lined himself up for a headline spot at the iTunes Festival.

You can check out Deepest Shame above.

Paloma Faith For Reverse Riots

The likes of Paloma Faith, Plan B and Labrinth are all about to give their Twitter's to a fan to look after for a day.

It will be interesting viewing for sure and one wonders exactly how what's going out is going to be regulated however it's for a good cause, to avoid the riots of last year.

Kids are being asked to write a positive message on a piece of paper and upload it to the website of the charity Reverse Riots. It will be the best messages that win the chance to take on their favourite musicians Twitter.

The charity Reverse Riots are trying to challenge negative perceptions surrounding young people after the riots last year. It wasn't just under 18s involved of course and it might be better to put money into finding those that actually got involved and speaking to them directly but it's nice someone is doing something.

Plan_B on rooftopWhat with his film of the same name causing a decent amount of hype, Plan B's newest album, Ill Manors is already causing a stir with the first track, Playing With Fire having recently been released on his YouTube channel. Now news that the album launch party is to be streamed live has hit us.

People who have already had a listen to the full album will tell you that this is very much Plan B back to his old self, Strickland Banks this is not. So anyone hoping for that kind of thing or parents that suddenly decided they liked good old Ben might want to avoid being offended and go for another option when browsing through the supermarket music aisles.

Those fans that were there at the offset and have stood the test of time are going to be in for a treat however.

Newest track, Playing With Fire can be listened to below (can anyone else imagine it as a Bond theme track?) and it will be LoveLive and YouTube that will globally stream his album launch event live on the 23rd July (next Monday), the same day that new album, Ill Manors is released.

At his launch, in a secret London location, Ben,  AKA Plan B will be joined on stage by the collaborators on the album – Kano, Labrinth, John Cooper Clarke and Takura from Chase & Status. Safe to say it’s going to be pretty epic.

Plan B will play exclusive and as-yet-unheard of tracks from the new album at the launch party which you can hear if you watch the live stream, as well as a selection of his past hits.

Following the performance viewers will be able to access extra content via the LoveLive channel. This will include a director’s cut of the concert, exclusive backstage footage and interviews, and the chance to watch back each track individually, again and again, from what promises to be a spectacular performance.

converse represent gigs at 100 clubConverse have announced that they will be putting on a new series of free gigs at the 100 Club in London.

The Represent series will see acts such as Plan B, Nas, Kano, Best Coast, Django Django, Paul Weller, Santigold and SBTRKT taking to the stage over a nine day stretch.

The very cool sounding event kicks off on 30th July when Plan B will headline with support from L Marshall, Jacob Banks and Yuna and will wrap up with performances from Nas, Kano, Speech Debelle, Spoek Mathambo and Children Of The Night on 10th August.

The event is the latest in a long line of music led nights that Converse have been putting on at the legendary 100 Club since the fashion brand saved the club from closing back at the start of last year.

Tickets are completely free and you can register for yours by going to the Converse website.