Major Lazer Announces Details of UK Dates in his Free The Universe World Tour
+ Ms. Dynamite Announced As UK Support
Following a sold out headline tour last April, Major Lazer will headline four UK dates this year as part of the ‘Free The Universe World Tour’ and will be joined by special guest Ms Dynamite.
After releasing their landmark LP ‘Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do’ in 2009, Major Lazer (Diplo and Switch) have toured the world extensively selling out shows and performing at some of music’s major festivals.
In 2010 Major Lazer released ‘Lazerproof’, a free download mixtape with pop sensation La Roux, and ‘Lazers Never Die’, an EP featuring two new tracks and three remixes, including one by Thom Yorke. Undoubtedly, one of the foremost breakthroughs for Major Lazer during that time was the production collaboration with Beyonce on her massive hit ‘Run the World (Girls)’, which sampled their track ‘Pon de Floor’.
As 2011 turned to 2012, Switch determined it best to pursue his own path, leaving Diplo in full control of Major Lazer. Now, as the sole executive producer of Major Lazer, Diplo continues to spearhead the current dancehall revival movement with the upcoming release ‘Free The Universe’. The recording includes exciting collaborations with Bruno Mars, Tyga, Flux Pavilion, Wynter Gordon, Shaggy, Wyclef, Ezra Koening from Vampire Weekend, and more.
Spin called the LP’s first Single ‘Get Free’ featuring Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, “a meeting point between Jamaica, West Africa, and Brooklyn.” The second single from ‘Free The Universe’, ‘Jah No Partial’ featuring Flux Pavilion dropped in October last year.
Diplo (AKA Wesley Pentz) has risen through the ranks and has asserted himself as one of the most pioneering producers of the time. Through unending curiosity and exploration of the vast multitudes of the world’s musical heritages, Diplo has managed to seamlessly connect the global underground to the audio mainstream.
He is the Grammy–‐nominated founder, owner and head Honcho of Mad Decent records, which has not only garnered widespread critical and audience accolades since its inception, but has also deservedly earned a hefty reputation as a vanguard of ground-breaking releases.
Also just announced to join Major Lazer on tour is special guest and collaborator Ms Dynamite. The singer/songwriter/MC/rapper/producer and winner of the 2002 Mercury Prize burst back onto the scene with Labrinth produced single ‘Neva Soft’ and guested on Katy B’s huge club tune ‘Lights On. As well as collaborating with Major Lazer; Ms Dynamite has worked with Magnetic Man, DJ Fresh, Redlight and Shy FX. From the release of her ground-breaking debut ‘A Little Deeper’ and 2005’s ‘Judgement Days’; Ms Dynamite is one of the most distinctive female voices in British music and the most successful female rapper the UK has ever produced. Ms Dynamite will tour with Major Lazer before heading to W.A.R! at Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks in June.
Major Lazer will be coming to the following cities this May:
Wed 1st Sheffield Plug 0114 241 3040
Thu 2nd Oxford O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Fri 3rd Bristol O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Sat 4th London Roundhouse 0844 482 8008
Plus special guest Ms Dynamite
Tickets £16.00 (£17.50 London)