Tottenham, all too long no more than home to a football club and civil unrest of one kind or another [and Chas 'n Dave? - Ed], has a new son. From the Tiverton Estate comes Jermaine Scott, son of a local reggae DJ and better known as Wretch 32.
From the streets of Haringey, the grime of Wretch 'three-two' has an authentic north London accent that is as much the sound of 2011 as anything. Nominated in the BBC Sound of 2011 and MTV Brand New polls last year, it has been a big 12 months for the rapper who had released his debut record, 'Wretchrospective', back in 2008.
The last year has seen the follow-up LP, 'Black & White', hit the UK top five albums and three singles from it - 'Traktor', 'Unorthodox' and 'Don't Go' - all make the top five of the singles chart, with the latter, featuring Josh Kumra, becoming Wretch 32's first No 1 single.
The next single, 'Forgiveness', is out next month and it will add to the considerable momentum the Tottenham boy has ahead of an already busy winter and spring.
The headline tour kicks off in Portsmouth on 8th May, followed by gigs in London (at the Shepherds Bush Empire), Cambridge, Hatfield, Middlesbrough, Preston, Lincoln, Exeter, before the final date announced so far at The Stannary in Falmouth on 19th May 2012.
We will have tickets available for all gigs when they go on sale at 9AM on Friday 2nd December, priced from £12.50 (£15 for London).
Ahead of the tour, Wretch 32 will be busy supporting Example on his UK arena tour from 20th April (Cardiff) until 1st May 2012 (Birmingham). We have tickets available now, priced £23.50.
Wretch 32 also has a handful of one-off dates in the meantime, including the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball 2011 at The O2 on 4th December (sold out - we have resale tickets available) and T4 Stars of 2011 at Earl's Court on 11th December (we have tickets priced £36).