Northern Ireland

Rapper Professor Green to headline MTV Crashes concert

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Image caption Professor Green will take to the stage in Derry next month

Rapper Professor Green is to headline a massive music concert in Londonderry.

He will take to the stage alongside Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter MNEK for the MTV Crashes Derry-Londonderry event.

Organisers said 10,000 tickets for the gig at Ebrington Square on 19 September had sold out within 40 seconds.

"I am just excited to get out on that stage," said Professor Green, whose real name is Stephen Paul Manderson.

"I love performing, that's what it's all about for me. So I'm looking forward to sharing my tracks with this Derry audience and seeing their reaction at MTV Crashes."

The singer has enjoyed huge success with two top three albums and eight consecutive top 40 singles.

'Crash it'

His third album Growing Up In Public, which features collaborations with artists including Rizzle Kicks, Ed Sheeran and Tori Kelly, is due for release next month.

Meanwhile, south London-born songwriter and producer MNEK said he was also looking forward to performing on the site of a former military barracks.

"I think it's going to be a good one and hopefully we will well and truly crash it," he said.

Previous MTV Crashes concerts have taken place in Belfast, Manchester and Glasgow.

The concert will be screened across MTV's UK music channels and subsequently broadcast on its European music channels in October.

Last year, Derry hosted the Radio One's Big Weekend and RTE's Other Voices festival as part of the inaugural UK City of Culture celebrations.

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