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Black Artists & Shows to Celebrate this Black History Month

Posted on Monday 2nd October 2023 at 16:00

Jimi Arundell

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Jimi Arundell

Black History Month recognises the historic and contemporary struggles of black people around the world and celebrates artistic, cultural, and political achievements in the face of adversity. It offers a period of reflection, to understand the causes of inequality, and how to make positive and meaningful change.

Gigantic joins in with the celebration of black culture as we shine a spotlight on the many talented black performing artists and events with upcoming shows.



Major show announced following the release of new album Great he Is

Jamaican dancehall megastar Popcaan shot to international fame with the release of single “Clarks” in 2012, and has since been recruited to collaborate with such esteemed fellow greats as Drake, Jamie xx, Pusha T, Gorillaz and Giggs. Check out new album Great he Is ahead of his appearance at O2 Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

📆 Tour Dates:

  • 03 December 2023: Popcaan – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

Get your Popcaan tickets with Gigantic today!


Gospel Sundays

An educational experience involving music and storytelling

Gospel Sundays take their audiences on a spiritual journey that begins with the birth of gospel music and takes an unflinching look at the horrors of slavery and plantation life in the Deep South. Evocative and compelling; the educational experience explores the power of gospel music and the strength and resilience of African American/British peoples, offering hope to future generations.

📆 Tour Dates:

  • 29 October 2023: Gospel Sundays – Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club, London
  • 10 December 2023: Gospel Sundays – Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club, London

Get your Gospel Sundays tickets with Gigantic today!


An Evening With Roachford

In support of Independent Music Venues

An Evening With Roachford sees the celebrated R&B and soul singer-songwriter visit independent music venues, performing hit singles "Cuddly Toy" and more.

📆 Tour Dates:

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Soul II Soul

The veterans announce a new tour

Having won two Grammy Awards and received a further five BRIT Award nominations – there can be no doubt Soul II Soul are one of the most important live acts around. Hitting the road next month, treat your ears and grab tickets with Gigantic right now!

📆 Tour Dates:

  • 14 October 2023: Soul II Soul – The Empire, Coventry
  • 15 October 2023: Soul II Soul – Orchard Theatre, Dartford
  • 28 October 2023: Soul II Soul – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea
  • 03 November 2023: Soul II Soul – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
  • 04 November 2023: Soul II Soul – MECA, Swindon
  • 10 November 2023: Soul II Soul – Stockport Plaza, Stockport
  • 23 November 2023: Soul II Soul – Bath Forum, Bath
  • 24 November 2023: Soul II Soul – Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield
  • 25 November 2023: Soul II Soul – Stockton Globe, Stockton-on-Tees
  • 26 November 2023: Soul II Soul – The Engine Shed, Lincoln

Get your Soul II Soul tickets with Gigantic today!



Grab tickets for their autumn/winter tour

Dreadzone exploded in the 90s with a radical synthesis of dub, electronica, trip hop and house. Always a vital experience whenever they play, they see the year out with headline dates around the country.

📆 Tour Dates:

  • 20 October 2023: Dreadzone – The Fleece, Bristol
  • 21 October 2023: Dreadzone – The Fleece, Bristol
  • 18 November 2023: Dreadzone – Epic Studios, Norwich
  • 24 November 2023: Dreadzone – Metronome, Nottingham
  • 01 December 2023: Dreadzone – Marrs Bar, Worcester
  • 08 December 2023: Dreadzone – MASH, Cambridge
  • 15 December 2023: Dreadzone – The Bullingdon, Oxford
  • 16 December 2023: Dreadzone – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

Get your Dreadzone tickets with Gigantic today!


Genesis Owusu

Check out awesome new album Struggler

Ghanaian-Australian hip hop and funk artist Genesis Owusu took home four trophies for Album of the Year, Best Hip Hop Release, Best Independent Release and Best Cover Art at the 2021 ARIA Music Awards for debut album Smiling with No Teeth. His success continues with new offering Struggler.

📆 Tour Dates:

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50 Cent

The Final Lap Tour celebrates 20 years of blockbuster album Get Rich or Die Tryin

Featuring singles multi-platinum selling singles "In da Club" and "21 Questions", 50 Cent‘s Get Rich or Die Tryin is one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. The Final Lap Tour kicks off in November and sees Fiddy play these classic tracks and more.

📆 Tour Dates:

  • 10 November 2023: 50 Cent – AO Arena, Manchester
  • 11 November 2023: 50 Cent – The O2 Arena, London
  • 12 November 2023: 50 Cent – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
  • 14 November 2023: 50 Cent – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
  • 15 November 2023: 50 Cent – AO Arena, Manchester
  • 17 November 2023: 50 Cent – OVO Arena Wembley, London
  • 18 November 2023: 50 Cent – Utilita Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • 21 November 2023: 50 Cent – The O2 Arena, London

Get your 50 Cent tickets with Gigantic today!


Dizzee Rascal

Revisits career defining record Boy in da Corner on 20th anniversary

The release of platinum selling debut album Boy in da Corner both announced the arrival of rap superstar Dizzee Rascal and saw grime breakout of the underground and sweep the nation in 2003. He revisits the classic record that saw him take home the coveted Mercury Prize with an arena tour.

📆 Tour Dates:

  • 06 October 2023: Dizzee Rascal – Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, Nottingham
  • 06 October 2023: Dizzee Rascal – Utilita Arena Cardiff, Cardiff
  • 06 October 2023: Dizzee Rascal – Utilita Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Get your Dizzee Rascal tickets with Gigantic today!


Alfa Mist

The future sound of jazz

The music of MOBO nominee Alfa Mist is an exciting fusion of nu jazz and hip hop. The pioneering pianist follows the release of latest LP Variables with massive shows in Dublin and Nottingham.

📆 Tour Dates:

  • 16 November 2023: Alfa Mist – Opium, Dublin
  • 20 November 2023: Alfa Mist – Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, Nottingham

Get your Alfa Mist tickets with Gigantic today!



Get tickets for his 2024 show at The O2 Arena

American-born Nigerian singer Davido is a leading light in Afrobeat. Having broken into the Top 10 with latest album Timeless earlier this year, he kicks off 2024 with a truly epic show on the mighty stage of The O2 Arena.

📆 Tour Dates:

  • 28 January 2024: Tom Jones – The O2 Arena, London

Get your Davido tickets with Gigantic today!


Alexander O'Neal

See his last performances on the Time To Say Goodbye Farewell Tour

Eminent R&B singer-songwriter Alexander O'Neal has enjoyed a career at the top, releasing 14 Top 40 singles including "If You Were Here Tonight", "Fake", "Criticize", "The Lovers", "(What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me" and many more. Join him for one last time on Time To Say Goodbye Farewell Tour.

📆 Tour Dates:

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Bob Vylan

The punk rock / grime duo tour in November

Fusing punk, metal and grime, Bob Vylan is the uncompromising work of singer/guitarist Bobby Vylan and drummer Bobbie Vylan. Their politically charged music as heard on latest album Bob Vylan Presents the Price of Life has seen them take the trophy for Best Album at the Kerrang! Awards and win Best Alternative Music Act at the MOBOs.

📆 Tour Dates:

  • 12 November 2023: Bob Vylan – Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
  • 13 November 2023: Bob Vylan – Stylus, Leeds
  • 16 November 2023: Bob Vylan – Boiler Shop, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • 17 November 2023: Bob Vylan – O2 Manchester Ritz, Manchester
  • 20 November 2023: Bob Vylan – Rock City, Nottingham
  • 24 November 2023: Bob Vylan – Chalk, Brighton
  • 25 November 2023: Bob Vylan – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

Get your Bob Vylan tickets with Gigantic today!


Hannah Jadagu

Witness the rise of a new star

Hannah Jadagu is the rising star in the bedroom pop scene. Having just dropped debut album Aperture, the New York-born songwriter heads to the U.K. to show off her vital new material.

📆 Tour Dates:

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Get to know the soulful sound of the intricate songwriter

It’s been a big year for soulful songwriter Solomon, having seen the release of his VOICE MEMOS EP plus teaming up with Kenya Grace on the single “Meteor”. Next month sees him grace the stage of Oslo in London.

📆 Tour Dates:

  • 12 October 2023: Solomon – Oslo, London

Get your Solomon tickets with Gigantic today!



See the rising star perform live

Experimental grime artist ShyGirl first impressed with the release of her Mercury Prize-nominated debut album Nymph last year, followed by new EP Nymph in the Wild which dropped this summer. Head to Brighton to see her smash it at Chalk in December

📆 Tour Dates:

  • 06 December 2023: ShyGirl – Chalk, Brighton

Get your ShyGirl tickets with Gigantic today!


DJ Spoony

Celebrating 30 years of UK Garage

Hackney born DJ Spoony (AKA John St John Joseph) celebrates 30 years of UK Garage with Garage Classical at the Royal Albert Hall. The special show sees him joined by Katie Chatburn and The Ignition Orchestra.

📆 Tour Dates:

  • 03 May 2024: DJ Spoony – Royal Albert Hall, London

Get your DJ Spoony tickets with Gigantic today!


Trevor Nelson

Revist old school classics

Join crucial DJ Trevor Nelson for Soul Nation as he takes you through his expertly curated tour of the best in R&B, Soul and hip hop. Touring throughout November – tickets are on sale with Gigantic right now!

📆 Tour Dates:

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Alexis Ffrench

See the pioneering classical-soul musician when you book tickets with Gigantic

Classical-soul pioneering composer Alexis Ffrench ranks amongst the Top 10 most streamed classic artists, with albums Evolution and Dreamland both topping the Classical charts. He sees the year out with major shows in Edinburgh and London.

📆 Tour Dates:

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Sunny War

The fresh sound of folk and blues

Songwriter Sunny War takes folk and blues into the 21st century, wrapping traditional melodies around her own personal experiences of the pain and redemption of addiction and subsequent recovery. Check out her latest LP Anarchist Gospel which came out earlier this year to widespread acclaim.

📆 Tour Dates:

  • 08 November 2023: Sunny War – Oran Mor, Glasgow

Get your Sunny War tickets with Gigantic today!



Playing fierce new tracks to an adoring home crowd

Led by indomitable teenage sister duo Nyrobi and Chaya Beckett-Messam – ALT BLK ERA fuse nu metal, rap, punk and electronica with plenty of energy and attitude. They have just unleashed their Freak Show EP and play a hometown show at Beta, Rock City in Nottingham.

📆 Tour Dates:

  • 03 November 2023: ALT BLK ERA – Beta, Rock City, Nottingham

Get your ALT BLK ERA tickets with Gigantic today!


Jalen Ngonda

Catch the prodigious soul musician in November

Jalen Ngonda is the new name creating big waves on the soul scene, thanks to his unique raw yet elegant style. Having just dropped debut album Come Around and Love Me, he now tours the U.K. in November.

📆 Tour Dates:

Get your Jalen Ngonda tickets with Gigantic today!



See him show off new material from Homo Anxietatem and more!

This summer saw the release of queer hip house songwriter Shamir‘s new album Homo Anxietatem on Kill Rock Stars. Next month sees him takeover key Brighton venue Green Door Store for a very special show.

📆 Tour Dates:

  • 04 October 2023: Shamir – Green Door Store, Brighton

Get your Shamir tickets with Gigantic today!


Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

The stage show with boundless energy

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical celebrates the life and work of the ultimate power ballad singer. Currently showing at Aldwych Theatre, London – book tickets with Gigantic right now!

CLICK HERE for complete listings.

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See the classic Shakespeare play

Addressing themes of racism prejudice and jealousy, Othello is amongst William Shakespeare’s most powerful plays. Currently running at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London.

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Get your Othello tickets with Gigantic today!

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