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Stormzy Announces Heavy Is The Head 2020 World Tour
While many of us were recovering from a Thanksgiving carb-fest by shopping "huge deals" online in our stretchiest pants, Stormzy revealed his plans for world domination with his 55-date Heavy Is The Head – The World Tour 2020. The British rap king's big trek runs from Feb. 10 with dates across the globe until Oct. 10 and is in support of his forthcoming sophomore album, Heavy Is The Head, due out Dec. 13.
HEAVY IS THE HEAD - THE WORLD TOUR 2020 #HITH
Tickets on sale 9am your LOCAL time Friday 6th Dec 2019. Dubai on-sale Wednesday 4th 8am. For early access to tix (ex. Asia & Africa) pre-order ‘Heavy Is The Head' from my official store by 9AM UK Time 3rd Dec https://t.co/CgwCD9hRd6 pic.twitter.com/6TRx1MGxGN
— HEAVY IS THE HEAD (@stormzy) November 29, 2019
The world tour's first two legs has Stormzy trekking through Europe and Asia in February and March, kicking things off in Brussels on Feb. 10 and closing March out in Seoul on the 29th. The "Vossi Bop" artist will then bring the heat to New Zealand, Australia and North America in May and June, including dates in Oakland, Calif., Los Angeles, Toronto, Brooklyn, N.Y. and Chicago on May 26, May 27, June 2, June 4 and June 9, respectively. The last U.S. date is set for June 13 in Dallas.
After a short tour break, the U.K. grime heavy-hitter will start things up again on Sep. 3 in London, with dates across his native U.K. and Ireland for the rest of the month. Finally, the H.I.T.H. World Tour will wrap up with four dates in Africa, including a stop in Accra, Ghana (his mother hails from Ghana) on Oct. 9 and a final show in Lagos, Nigeria on Oct. 10.
Ahead of the album's forthcoming release, Stormzy has dropped the singles "Vossi Bop," "Crown," "Wiley Flow" and, most recently, "Own It," featuring Burna Boy and Ed Sheeran. He was also featured on Sheeran's "Take Me Back To London," from the currently GRAMMY-nominated, collab-heavy No.6 Collaborations Project.
As noted by Pitchfork, last week, in addition to the tour announcement, the rapper shared a message with his fellow Brits, encouraging them to vote and revealing his support for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. His stand against conservatism saw a spike in voter registration in the country and a regrettable response from a leading Conservative MP Michael Gove.
This summer, during his headline set at the iconic Glastonbury festival, Stormzy wore a Banksy-designed bulletproof vest emblazoned with the Union Jack flag and stab marks, as a statement on the chaotic state of the union in his home country. While The Guardian and others celebrated the emblematic fashion choice—which was on display in Bansky's "Gross Domestic Product" installation and is featured on the H.I.T.C. album art—Gove found offense in its powerful statement.