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Kendrick Lamar Announces UK, Ireland Tour Dates For 2018

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Kendrick Lamar photo by Larry Busacca and Getty Images for Coachella
Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella

Kendrick Lamar has announced a run of European dates for February 2018 in support of his highly acclaimed DAMN album.

The original, North American leg of the rapper’s The Damn Tour ran this summer from July to September. The European leg is scheduled to kick off in Dublin, Ireland on February 7, 2018 and call in at Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, and London before heading to mainland Europe.

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Kendrick Lamar released his DAMN album in April. He went on to dominate August’s MTV’s Video Music Awards, when he picked up six Moonmen trophies for videos from the album.

The Compton rapper released the album on April 14 following a stand-alone track, ‘The Heart Pt. 4’, and the record’s official lead single, ‘Humble’. The new album features credited guest spots from Rihanna and U2, while the likes of Kaytranada, James Blake and Rat Boy are all present in some form on the record.

The rapper recently revealed that the album can be played in reverse as well

“I think like a week after the album came out, [fans] realised you can play the album backwards,” he said. “It plays as a full story and even a better rhythm. It’s one of my favourite rhythms and tempos within the album. It’s something that we definitely premeditate while we’re in the studio.”

“I don’t think the story necessarily changes, I think the feel changes,” he added. “The initial vibe listening from the top all the way to the bottom is … this aggression and this attitude. You know, ‘DNA,’ and exposing who I really am. You listen from the back end, and it’s almost the duality and the contrast of the intricate Kendrick Lamar. Both of these pieces are who I am.”

Kendrick Lamar plays the following UK and Ireland dates in February 2018:

7 February: Dublin, 3Arena
9 February: Birmingham, Genting Arena
10 February: Manchester, Arena
11 February: Glasgow, SSH Hydro
12 February: London, O2 Arena
13 February: London, O2 Arena

Tickets for all UK and Ireland dates go on sale this Friday, 6 October 2017.

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