Following their win for BEST GROUP at the BRIT Awards earlier this week, Gorillaz have today confirmed that De La Soul, Little Simz and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will join the line-up at their biggest Irish show to date – the upcoming open-air concert at Malahide Castle on 9th June.
The Humanz Tour hits Dublin this summer and will see Murdoc Niccals (bass), Noodle (guitar), Russel Hobbs (drums) and 2D (vocals) joined on stage by the Gorillaz live band – Damon Albarn, Gabriel Wallace, Mike Smith, Jesse Hackett, Jeff Wootton, Karl Vanden Bossche and Seye Adelekan – as well as selected performers from the stellar roll-call of Gorillaz’ family of featured artists.
Gorillaz new album Humanz – “… an inspired party album for a world gone mad” (The Guardian) – was released last year reaching #1 in the U.S. and #2 in both Ireland and U.K. charts and topped the iTunes charts in over 60 countries around the world.
De La Soul are a hip-hop trio formed in 1987 in New York. The trio have collaborated with Gorillaz on various tracks including Grammy nominated “Feel Good Inc” and most recently “Momentz” on Gorillaz’ latest album Humanz. The group are best known for their eclectic sampling, quirky lyrics, their contributions to the evolution of the jazz rap and alternative hip-hop subgenres.
With several mixtapes and two albums under her belt, London rapper Little Simz will join the full line up in Malahide Castle. Little Simz has received praise from the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z. Her latest album, Stillness in Wonderland has a mix of soul, R&B and grime. Little Simz is also a featured artist on Humanz with their track “Garage Palace”.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is an eight-piece, Chicago-based brass ensemble consisting of eight sons of the jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran. Their musical style ranges from hip-hop to jazz to funk including calypso and gypsy music.
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