Lee Hawthorn

Wu-Tang Clan Announce gig at Newcastle's o2 Academy

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When legendary Hip Hop group, Wu-Tang Clan released their 2014 album, A Better Tomorrow, it was expected they’d tour America, maybe even a select number of gigs in Europe’s capital cities but Newcastle? That came as a big, albeit pleasant, surprise. With RZA and co. having previously announced dates in Brixton and Glasgow, the date set for Newcastle’s o2 Academy has overtaken a previously scheduled set in Manchester. The mini-tour has been put together to support the aforementioned album that was generally poorly received by rap critics.

That said, no amount of poor press for their latest album could take away from their status, solidified in Hip Hop’s hall of fame as arguably the greatest group in the genres history. Hailing from New York, the nine-member strong collective will be sure to perform their iconic hits such as C.R.E.A.M and Protect Ya Kneck, alongside the new material from their 6th instalment to their highly regarded discography. Following Ghostface, Raekwon and GZA reconciling with the group after having run-ins with RZA, they are expected to join Cappadonna, Masta Killa, U-God and Inspectah Deck for the dates and following the WuCastle hashtag on social media, Newcastle Hip Hop heads are even more excited than they were when Joey Bada$$ came to the toon.

With support coming from the relatively unknown Burgundy Blood, who has an underwhelming social media presence but possesses talent in abundance. There are rumours of a feature on Lunar C’s upcoming mixtape follow to his Not Good At Life EP and a plethora of urban music outlets supporting the Manchester emcee’s music – and with the opportunity to support the Wu on tour can only push his career to further levels.

Wu-Tang Clan at Newcastle’s o2 Academy on June 2. Tickets on sale now for £37.12 each.


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