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Leeds to host MOBOs for second time in November

Leeds will host the MOBO Awards for the second time in three years.

Grime artist Stormzy was a winner at the MOBOs held in Leeds in 2015 Credit: Press Association

Organisers have announced that the star-studded event, one of the biggest in the music calendar, will return to the First Direct Arena on Wednesday 29 November.

The 20th annual awards were held at the Arena in 2015. Tickets for the 22nd awards ceremony go on sale on Friday.

“We are truly excited to return to Leeds – we had an amazing experience here two years ago thanks to all our partners and a very enthusiastic and welcoming audience. I still have people coming up to me saying what an electrifying show it was. Looking at the list of musical talent this year, it promises to be another exciting celebration of the best in urban music”.

– Kanya King, MOBO Founder and CEO

The MOBO Organisation was founded in 1996 to champion and elevate urban music genres in the mainstream music industry. Since its inception MOBO has consistently offered opportunities and mass media platforms to countless artists in the broadest range of genres including R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Gospel, Garage, Reggae, Grime and African music. As such, MOBO has played an instrumental role in the careers of UK artists like Craig David, Tinie Tempah, Krept and Konan, Stormzy, Kano, Ms Dynamite, Estelle, Emeli Sandé and So Solid Crew to name a few, giving them their very first big platform on their journey to international success.

"We are delighted to welcome the MOBO Awards back to Leeds following a very successful event in 2015. It is hugely important that as we bid for European Capital Culture we find every opportunity to showcase the cultural diversity of the city on an international stage and MOBO Awards with its support for emerging artists and world wide reputation for championing music of black origin is a fantastic platform for this."

– Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council