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MOBO AWARDS TO RETURN TO LONDON FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

MOBO BRINGS THE PARTY BACK TO LONDON ON 30 NOVEMBER,

LIVE FROM OVO ARENA WEMBLEY

25 YEARS OF THE UK’s BIGGEST CELEBRATION OF BLACK MUSIC

TICKETS ON SALE – 21 OCTOBER 9AM VIA MOBO.COM/TICKETS

SUPERSTAR PERFORMERS, SHOW HOSTS AND THE 2022 NOMINEES TO BE ANNOUNCED VERY SOON

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The MOBO Awards in association with Lucozade comes full circle with a spectacular return to London for an unmissable, triumphant 25th anniversary celebration, coming to you live from the OVO Arena Wembley on 30 November. Tickets will be available from 21 October via mobo.com/tickets

For a quarter of the century, MOBO has been proudly celebrating and elevating black music in the UK. Its 25 year legacy has seen MOBO be pivotal in supporting the growth of British black music on a global scale, championing homegrown talent, and setting the standard in Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul, Grime, Drill, Gospel, Jazz, Reggae, Garage, Drum & Bass and beyond. 

Lucozade becomes the new headline sponsor as it collaborates with MOBO to supercharge the positive energy to the event. Lucozade will also be sponsoring the ‘Best Song’ category.

For its milestone 25th anniversary, MOBO is returning to London, where it all began. MOBO Founder Kanya King CBE said: “It’s a proud moment to see MOBO Awards return to London for our big 25 year milestone, which will see us celebrating our legacy, as well as paying it forward to the biggest stars of the scene. 25 years ago I put my house and sanity on the line to make the first MOBO Awards happen at the Connaught Rooms and what an incredible journey it has been.  

MOBO continues to rise and create a cultural and social footprint, it will continue to be an agent for positive change in arts, culture, music and society as a whole. Via our MOBOLISE career deveopment platform we aim to create meaningful change, opportunities and equality in the workplace, to level the playing field at entry level all the way up to the boardroom, but there is still work to be done. Meanwhile our 25th anniversary show will be the biggest celebration we have ever created. I want MOBO to continue being a beacon for the best talent this country has to offer. Here’s to the next 25 years!” 

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Since its inaugural ceremony in 1996 at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms, the MOBO Awards has become a calendar staple in the UK and its iconic trophy now one of highest accolades in music. In recent years, it has honoured trailblazers and exceptional homegrown talent like Dave, Little Simz, Skepta, Ghetts, Headie One, Stefflon Don, Mahalia, Central Cee, Aitch, Ella Mai and more. Recognising its unique position in Black British popular culture, MOBO in recent years have also expanded beyond music to celebrate talent in the arts and media. It awarded an Inspirational Award to acclaimed British filmmaker Steve McQueen, Best Media Personality to Chunkz and Yung Filly, and Best Performance In A TV Show/Film to Micheal Ward at last year’s ceremony. 

Commenting on the new partnership, Hannah Norbury, Marketing Director at Lucozade said, “Our new partnership with the MOBO Awards builds on our brand mission to help everyone unlock their potential and is a great opportunity to recognise black British talent and a be a part of this major cultural moment. We are excited by the opportunity to work with a company that is focused on being an agent for positive change and Kanya’s ambition for the 25th MOBO Awards to be bigger and better than ever as is celebrates a milestone anniversary.” 
 

Tickets are on sale from Friday 21 October, 9am at www.MOBO.com/tickets

VIP packages will be available from 1 November at www.MOBO.com 

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About MOBO

Since 1996, the MOBO Organisation has discovered and supported talent in music, film and TV. MOBO operates 365 days a year to create events, content, partnerships and opportunities for young people in the entertainment industries and beyond. For 25 years, the MOBO Awards has remained a significant cultural event in the British music industry, celebrating excellence in Black music. Its enduring legacy as the premiere outlet for recognising and honouring the artistic achievement of exceptional British and international talent in Hip-Hop, Grime, R&B and Soul, Reggae, Jazz, Gospel and African music has been unparalleled. Global superstars who have been part of the Awards include Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Sade, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Diddy, Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Usher, Rihanna, Cardi B, Davido and H.E.R. just to name a few. The Awards has proudly been hosted all over the United Kingdom in over the years including shows in London, Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow and Coventry, the UK’s City of Culture. Beyond the Awards, MOBO supports undiscovered talent in music via MOBO UnSung, and across the wider creative and tech industries MOBO supports and connects career opportunities for black talent via MOBOLISE, a platform to empower diversity, excellence and transformation in the workplace.

About Suntory Beverage & Food Great Britain and Ireland 

Suntory Beverage & Food Great Britain and Ireland (SBF GB&I) is one the leading soft drinks businesses in the UK and Ireland. SBF GB&I was formed in 2014 as Lucozade Ribena Suntory and is part of Suntory Beverage & Food Europe. Our much-loved soft drinks brands include Lucozade Energy, Lucozade Sport, Ribena and Orangina.Our business is driven by our “Yatte Minahare” spirit and our role is to have a positive impact on the lives of our consumers by providing them with a responsible choice of great-tasting drinks that people can feel good about while  enabling them to lead active lifestyles.

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