Tinie Tempah is set to wow the crowds with an open air gig in Hartlepool this summer.
In a huge coup for the town, it’s been announced today that the multi platinum-selling rapper will perform at Hartlepool Marina on Sunday, July 30.
It comes three years after Tinie - whose hits include Pass Out, Wonderman and Girls Like - last performed in the area, when he took to the TFM Soundworks stage in Middlesbrough.
July’s Jackson’s Landing gig has been organised by Phresh Creative Management, led by local entrepreneur Junior Masandi, and Joe Franks of The Open Jar bar at the Marina, in partnership with Capital Radio and Hartlepool Council.
Junior said: “We’re all very excited to do another show with Tinie. The last time he played Teesside was an exceptional and packed-out show, so when the opportunity presented itself again, with a bigger stage, we jumped at the chance to invite him back to the area.”
In recent years Tinie - real name Patrick Okogwu - has become one of the most successful British rappers of his generation.
He has clocked up as many UK number ones as Michael Jackson, U2, Kylie, Robbie Williams and Elton John and can lay claim to being the artist with the most number ones this decade.
He rose to prominence in 2010 when his debut single Pass Out hit number one. A raft of further hits followed, along with awards including two BRITs, Best Newcomer at the MOBOs and an Ivor Novello for Best Contemporary Song.
His second and third albums were just as successful, featuring further number one singles and collaborations with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sande and Laura Mvula.
As well as focusing on his own music, Tinie runs his own record and fashion labels.
The star made a return to the charts last summer with the release of Jess Glynne collaboration Not Letting Go, which became his sixth UK number one, swiftly followed by his seventh, KDA’s Turn The Music Louder (Rumble) together with Katy B.
He’s set to release his third album, Youth, next month, which is already packed with hits including Girls Like, Mamacita and Not Letting Go.
Tinie will be supported on stage in Hartlepool by a yet-to-be-announced special guest, as well as by local talents, Hartlepool sisters Liv ‘n’ G, Billingham artist Ty Lewis and Teesside songstress Abi Alton.
•Tickets, priced £40, are on sale from today via www.marinalive.co.uk , Hartlepool Town Hall Box Office , The Arc in Stockton & The Open Jar on Hartlepool Marina.