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MOBO Awards return to Liverpool

Chart stars Rizzle Kicks have announced the Mobo Awards are to return to Liverpool this year. Photo: PA

Chart stars Rizzle Kicks announced today that the MOBO Awards are to return to Liverpool this year.

The 'Mama Do The Hump' duo joined awards founder Kanya King to launch the annual bash, two years after it was last staged on Merseyside.

The event, which takes place at the Echo Arena on November 3rd, celebrates music of black origin and usually attracts major names from around the world with past performers including Jay-Z, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake.

"This year's show will have some fabulous performances as always, with some great performances on the night."

– Kanya King

The city is now bracing itself for an economic boost from the awards.

"As November's awards will take place on a Saturday night, the potential for economic impact is huge, with thousands of visitors expected to stay in the city for the weekend."

– Bob Prattey, chief executive of ACC Liverpool

Nominations for the awards will be announced next month and tickets go on sale from 9am tomorrow with more details at the MOBO Awards website.