Preview: Rag’n’Bone Man at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

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Following his 2017 chart-topping album Human, which sold 117,000 copies in its first week, and top 40 singles ‘Human’ and ‘Skin’, Rag’n’Bone Man is taking to small arenas over the UK this April, including dates in Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

Rag’n’Bone Man is often praised for his husky vocals that manage to combine a sense of bluesy soul with modern-pop while cleverly merging his own personal style, and a capella. Though he has been releasing music for several years, his critical acclaim came with the release of single ‘Human’ in November 2016 which was praised heavily by critics and fans alike and reached number two on the UK Top 40, and has spent over 12 weeks in the Top 10 since. The album of the same name then went to number one for two weeks in February 2017 and recorded the highest selling figures for a male debut album since 2009. Following this success, he then picked up two Brit Awards in February, for both Critics Choice and Breakthrough Artist. It is therefore safe to say that Rag’n’Bone Man enters this tour on the back of a very commercially and critically succesful year.

The tour set is likely to include his more recent hits, as well as songs from Human and singles released before his commercial success such as ‘Wolves’ and ‘Healed’. The tour will mark his first road-trip since his commercial success and thus is set to establish his benchmark as not only one of the biggest artists of 2017, but future years to come.

Tickets for his London dates are now sold out, but are available for other dates here.

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