The Weeknd, whose secret London show last month was one of the most feverishly anticipated events, and hottest tickets of the year, has announced he is to play 4 UK dates in March 2013. The Canadian native is one of the most remarkable, intriguing and soulful artists to emerge in recent years and his critically revered album “Trilogy”, drawing together the three acclaimed mixtapes which made him such an enormous online sensation, bears witness to his talent.
March Tour 2013
20th Manchester Ritz
21st Glasgow ABC
22nd Birmingham HMV Institute
24th London Electric Ballroom
Trilogy is aperfect introduction to The Weeknd’s unique entrancing sound and contains his 3 mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, all remixed and re-mastered for the first time as well as 3 brand new, unreleased songs – “Twenty Eight”, “Valerie” and “Till Dawn (Here Comes The Sun)”. The single, “Wicked Games” will be released on December 10th through XO/Universal Republic/Island Records.
Last year, House of Balloons stirred up unparalleled excitement across the blogs and tastemakers, with Complex magazine proclaiming the mixtape as the “best album of 2011”, and Pitchfork bestowing the “Best New Music” title upon it. Dominating year-end lists across the board, it claimed number 5 on Stereogum, number 8 on The Guardian and number 13 on Spin.
His peers have also embraced him just as enthusiastically. Drake along with his team OVO, was the first artist to publicly proclaim his love for THE WEEKND’s music. The two joined forces and collaborated on several tracks from Drake’s no. 1 album, Take Care. One of the album standouts, “Crew Love,” co-written and co-produced by The Weeknd, also showcased his unique vocals throughout. “Crew Love”.
Drake returned the favour by lending his vocals to one of THE WEEKND’s most popular tracks, “The Zone,” from his Thursday mixtape.
THE WEEKND was then asked to create official remixes for Florence & The Machine and Lady Gaga. His take on Florence’s “Shake It Out”became the single’s first official remix, and his interpretation of Gaga’s “Marry the Night” was a dark centrepiece of her release, Born This Way: The Remixes. You can also find THE WEEKND’s signature voice on2 Chainz’schart-dominating new album, Based on a T.R.U. Story. The rapper uses a sample from “The Birds (Part 1)” off the singer’s Thursday mixtape as a hook for his track, “Like Me”.
THE WEEKND has also become known for his stunning live shows. His first headlining tour sold out across the United States. He’s also made surprise guest appearances on Drake’s Club Paradise tour, and has performed at high-profile festivals such as, Coachella, Primavera Sound Festival, and the Wireless Festival in London. In the last couple of months he toured with Florence & The Machine in the US where he has also just finished his own sold-out hugely acclaimed headlining tour, “The Fall Tour.”
The Weeknd tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 7th December and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.