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The 17th annual MOBO awards go to …. Liverpool

Chart topping UK act Rizzle Kicks, last year nominated for 3 gongs, joined MOBO Awards founder Kanya King MBE today to announce that the prestigious MOBO Awards are returning to Liverpool. Echo Arena Liverpool will host the star-studded show on Saturday 3 November. Tickets are now on sale!

Chart toppers Rizzle Kicks at the 2012 MOBO launch in Liverpool

It has been a brilliant year for Great Britain, and for UK urban music in particular, as evidenced by urban artists having pivotal roles performing to over 1 billion people in the opening and closing ceremonies for London 2012 including Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah, Taio Cruz and Emeli Sand̩ Рwho had her UK TV debut on the MOBO stage (with Chipmunk in Glasgow in 2009).

The internationally renowned MOBO Awards are held annually in the UK and over the past 17 years, MOBO has showcased and honoured many of the music industry’s finest talent from around the world with performances and attendances from A-list artists including Janet Jackson, Destiny’s Child, Dionne Warwick, Justin Timberlake, Tina Turner, Dizzee Rascal, Marley Family, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Usher and Amy Winehouse to name a few.

MOBO Awards founder, Kanya King MBE, said “We had a fantastic show in Liverpool two years ago and worked very well with the City and Echo Arena Liverpool which makes it a real joy to come back and have an even bigger celebration of the best talent around this year. We are currently finalising the line-up for the show which will see some great surprises on the night! The nominations for the various categories will be announced early next month. Both Liverpool and MOBO are getting ready for another historic event in this Olympic year.”

Rizzle Kicks’ Jordan, who collected the BeMOBO Award in 2010 on behalf of music charity Youth Music, commented “MOBO has supported us right from the start of our career and we are so happy to be announcing that the MOBO Awards are back in Liverpool.  Great city and we can’t wait for the night!”

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “Liverpool is delighted to host the MOBO awards for the second time.  It’s a real coup that once again the city has been selected as the location where some of the music industry’s finest talents will be honoured.

“This city’s contribution to music is unrivalled and as a vibrant, creative and diverse city, we welcome any opportunity to showcase what Liverpool has to offer.  It is thanks to the award-winning Echo Arena Liverpool that we are able to welcome such exciting events which all help to project us before a global audience.

“We have a fantastic reputation when it comes to staging high-profile events and I’m sure that the 2012 MOBO Awards will be a huge success.”

To book tickets log on to www.echoarena.com  or call the Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400.

Tickets: £29.00/ £44.00/ £59.00/ £100 each. Tickets subject to booking / handling fees