Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and De La Soul announce 'God of Rap' UK arena tour

Roisin O'Connor, Jack Saddler

Tickets have gone on sale for a huge UK arena tour with Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and De La Soul.

The three influential rap groups revealed plans to perform three shows together in May, all hosted by legendary producer DJ Premier.

The triple-header, billed as part of the “God of Rap” tour, will commence on 10 May with a show at London’s SSE Wembley Arena, before heading to Manchester Arena on 11 May and finishing at the Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena on 12 May.

The tour will mark the anniversary of three iconic records: Wu-Tang’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) turns 25, Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back turns 30, and De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising turns 30.

Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was the thrilling 1993 debut breakout from the Wu-Tang Clan, and largely considered one of the all-time great hip hop records.

It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, also viewed as a classic, features the hit singles “Don’t Believe The Hype” and “Bring The Noise”.

De La Soul’s debut 3 Feet High and Rising forced the world to take notice of the group and helped cement their still-growing legacy. It was a huge commercial hit, featuring tracks “Eye Know”, “The Magic Number”, and “Me Myself and I”.

Speaking to Music Week, SJM promotor Chris Wareing said: “I don’t believe anything like this has been done in the UK before on this level.”

“This tour creates a legacy, it’s a moment,” he continued. “The groups are the biggest in their genres, they’re all celebrating notable anniversaries of their biggest albums and I am led to believe this is the first time they have all been on the same bill together. It’s important to kick the door open and create something special that leaves a legacy and gives incredible value for ticket buyers.“

Here are the dates in full:

Fri 10 May – The SSE Arena, Wembley

Sat 11 May – Manchester Arena

Sun 12 May – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow