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30 May 2016 9:00 AM
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The highly anticipated music awards event to take place at the

SSE Hydro on Friday 4th November 2016


Monday 30th May, London, England — The celebrated MOBO Awards will return to Glasgow for the fourth time on Friday 4th November, it was announced today. Pre-sale tickets are available from 09.00am on Tuesday 31st May, with general sale commencing on June 1. The awards, which were established in 1996 by founder Kanya King MBE to honour exceptional, urban talent that was often overlooked, will celebrate its 21st anniversary with spectacular musical performances from a host of world famous artists. The highly anticipated event will take place at Glasgow’s iconic SSE Hydro arena.

In 2013 The MOBO Awards made history as the first music awards ceremony and live multi-artist show to be held at the newly opened SSE Hydro. Since then the venue has gone on to become the world’s third busiest arena in terms of ticket sales in 2015.

In addition to Glasgow, the MOBO Awards have previously been held in London, Liverpool and Leeds, have been attended by over 100,000 music fans who have seen over 200 award winners among some 1,500 nominees over the years, thus making a massive contribution to UK music. The star-studded shows have featured global superstars including Rihanna, Grace Jones, John Legend, Sam Smith, Destiny’s Child and Scotland-born Emeli Sandé.

Kanya King MBE, CEO and founder of the MOBO Organisation, commented: MOBO turning 21 is a huge achievement and a special time for us. Celebrating this in Glasgow, which has become our second home is an absolute joy. The MOBO Awards has changed the music industry, and helped represent a diverse range of music that is now the heartbeat of youth culture. Having given a platform to so much emerging talent which has then gone on to achieve global and commercial success is something to be proud of. We will continue to build a positive legacy that can be enjoyed by various generations to come. There has never been a more thrilling time in music than now so I look forward to making some exciting talent announcements in the lead up to the show.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: We are delighted that the MOBO Awards are set to return to Glasgows SSE Hydro in this very special year and know that music lovers from across the city and around Scotland will turn out in force to celebrate the very best in British urban music. The EventScotland team will be working closely with partners at MOBO and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau ahead of November 4 to ensure another night to remember at the SSE Hydro, one of the worlds finest venues for live music. MOBO will be announcing an exciting line-up of renowned artists over the coming weeks who are sure to create a magnificent spectacle, once again proving that Scotland is the perfect stage for major events.

Joe Aitken, the Head of Events at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: Since 2009, Glasgow has been the home of the MOBOs and during that time audiences have witnessed some outstanding and memorable performances. This year promises to be yet another stand-out as we celebrate the 21stanniversary of the awards at the iconic SSE Hydro.

Arena tickets for the MOBO Awards vary from £25 to £45 (excl. handling charge) and will be on general sale on 1st June via www.mobo.com/tickets and www.thessehydro.com. The one day pre-sale starts at 09.00am Tuesday 31st May.


Remember, remember the 4th of November!


For more information visit www.mobo.com #MOBOAwards

Twitter / @MOBOAwards

Facebook / MOBOAwards

Instagram / @MOBOAwards




For further information please contact:

MOBO Organisation

Vannessa Amadi-Ogbonna / vannessa@mobo.com

0208 558 8558

The MOBO Awards were established in 1996 by Kanya King MBE to recognise the outstanding achievements of artists in musical genres ranging from soul and reggae to hip hop, grime and afrobeats. It is one of Europe’s leading urban music brands and now in its 21st year, the awards are a celebration of top musical achievements.

Over the years, MOBO has evolved into an all-year round movement supporting emerging as well as established talent across various musical and other creative genres as it pursues its mission to create more opportunities and platforms for talent that might otherwise go unnoticed.

For many artists, especially those who are independent, the MOBO Awards exemplifies success through struggle and hard work and is a point of reference for enterprising achievement.

Via our talent development programme and fellowships MOBO empowers and nurtures emerging talent through understanding different elements of the industry which is key for a successful career, not just in the music industry, but the creative industry as a whole.

Event Scotland

Scott Peddie scott.peddie@eventscotland.org

0131 472 2286

07966 002 009

EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org. Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews.

EventScotland is a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland. For more information about VisitScotland see www.visitscotland.org or for consumer information on Scotland as a visitor destination see www.visitscotland.com.

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's main economic development agency and aims to deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy. Our role is to help identify and exploit the best opportunities for economic growth. We support ambitious Scottish companies to compete within the global marketplace and help build Scotland’s globally competitive sectors. We also work with a range of partners in the public and private sectors to attract new investment to Scotland and to help create a world-class business environment.