DRAKE TO BRING CLUB PARADISE TOUR TO EUROPEAN ARENAS THIS SPRING
December 12, 2011 – New York, NY- Grammy-nominated, Young Money/ Cash Money recording artist Drake, in the midst of his critically acclaimed Platinum sophomore album Take Care, three high charting radio singles “Headlines”, “Make Me Proud” featuring Nicki Minaj and “The Motto” featuring Lil Wayne, four new Grammy nominations and sold out performances in South Africa, has announced details and dates for his 2012 tour, the The Club Paradise Tour, which will head to both North American and European markets.
A passionate and dynamic performer renowned for his energetic performances and creative stage designs, Drake’s The Club Paradise Tour promises to be a sonic and visual spectacle on a scale unlike anything he has accomplished in his already legendary, critically acclaimed career.
Returning to his roots, Drake’s The Club Paradise Tour will make stops at colleges throughout North America, beginning with a show at the BankUnited Center at University of Miami in Miami, FL on February 14, 2012, concluding on March 11, 2012 at the San Diego Center at UC San Diego in San Diego, CA. The 17 city tour also includes stops in New Orleans, Tampa and Los Angeles.
Joining Drake on the North American run of The Club Paradise Tour are special guests Kendrick Lamar, a rapidly rising young rapper who was crowned “New King of the West Coast” by hip hop icons Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and A$AP Rocky, a much buzzed about rapper whose chopped and screwed rap style has garnered positive press from publications such as The Fader, New York Times and Stereogum.
Following on the heels of the conclusion of the North American leg of The Club Paradise Tour, Drake will head to Europe, marking Drake’s first foray back into the European markets after his inaugural European headline tour, the bestselling Light Dreams & Nightmares Tour, in January of 2011. Featuring Drake complete with his full band, the European leg of The Club Paradise Tour will make stops at arenas and theatres throughout the United Kingdom and Western Europe, beginning in Dublin, Ireland on March 24, 2012 at the 02 Arena, concluding on April 25, 2012 at the Nottingham Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. The tour will also make stops through Scotland, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Denmark with additional dates to be added soon.
Tickets for the European leg of the Club Paradise tour are available starting December 13, 2012 and can be purchased at the venue box-offices, Ticketmaster and Live Nation in addition to regional ticket websites and outlets. On sale dates for the North American leg to be announced soon. Fans should consult local listings and venue box offices for ticketing information and keep checking Drake’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/Drake for more listings and newly added dates.
Released in November 2011, Drake’s second studio album Take Care debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 chart at #1 and was the biggest first-week Soundscan tally of Drake’s career, with over 630,000 units sold. The eagerly anticipated album was the third highest selling debut of 2011, clocking in behind Lady Gaga’s Born This Way (1.1 million sold) and label president and mentor Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV (964,000), which Drake also appeared. Take Care arrived to a chorus of acclaim from critics and consumers alike with Rolling Stone raving that Drake “seamlessly blends those genres (Pop, R&B, Rap) in fluid, rich tracks.”, and New York Times anointing Drake as “hip-hop’s current center of gravity”.
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2012 The Club Paradise Tour North American Dates:
Date City/State Venue
2/14/2012 Miami, FL BankUnited Center
2/15/2012 Gainesville, FL Stephen C. O’Connell Center
2/17/2012 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
2/18/2012 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
2/21/2012 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
2/22/2012 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
2/24/2012 Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center
2/25/2012 New Orleans, LA UNO Lakefront Arena
2/27/2012 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
2/28/2012 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
3/01/2012 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
3/02/2012 Arlington, TX College Park Center
3/04/2012 Tuscon, AZ Tucson Arena
3/05/2012 Los Angeles, CA Galen Center
3/08/2012 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
3/10/2012 San Jose, CA Event Center
3/11/2012 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
2012 The Club Paradise Tour European Dates:
Date City/State Venue
3/24/2012 Dublin, Ireland O2 Arena
3/26/2012 London, UK London 02 Arena
3/29/2012 Sheffield, UK Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
3/30/2012 Cardiff, UK Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
4/01/2012 Manchester, UK Manchester MEN Arena
4/02/2012 Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow SECC – Hall 4
4/05/2012 Paris, France Palais Omnisport de Bercy
4/07/2012 Brussels, Belgium Forest National / Vorst Nationaal
4/08/2012 Amsterdam, Holland Heineken Music Hall
4/10/2012 Frankfurt Germany Jahrhunderthalle
4/12/2012 Berlin, Germany Max Schleming Halle
4/13/2012 Copenhagen, Denmark Valby Hallen
4/15/2012 Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe
4/16/2012 Oslo, Norway Oslo Spektrum
4/19/2012 Birmingham, England Birmingham LG Arena
4/22/2012 Liverpool, England Liverpool Echo Arena
4/23/2012 Newcastle, England Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
4/25/2012 Nottingham, England Nottingham Capital FM Arena
For up to date, confirmed album announcements and live concert appearances, please visit Drake’s blog October’s Very Own at http://www.octobersveryown.blogspot.com and http://www.facebook.com/drake the official Facebook page for Drake.
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