The Hydro in Glasgow to host 2013 Mobo Awards

Jazzie B and Mobo founder Kanya King Jazzie B and Mobo founder Kanya King outside The Hydro

Scotland's newest concert venue - The Hydro - is to host this year's Mobo Awards (Music of Black Origin).

The £125m arena, which is currently under construction at the SECC complex on the banks of the River Clyde, will host the event on 19 October.

Rudimental and Iggy Azalea are the first acts announced to perform.

Operators of the 12,000 seat Hydro say the arena is still scheduled to open at the end of September despite a recent fire in the roof.

Glasgow first hosted the Mobos in 2009. The event returned in 2011 as part of a three-year deal to stage it in the city.

The second leg of that deal will see this year's 18th Mobos held at The Hydro, which will also host the 20th anniversary event in 2015.

Kanya King MBE, chief executive and founder of the Mobo awards said: "Mobo turning 18 is a huge achievement and a special time for us.

The Hydro The under construction Hydro was damaged by a fire on 8 June

"We are ecstatic to be coming back to Glasgow for the third time and are working flat out on making our 18th anniversary show a truly unforgettable one. Get ready for one of the biggest nights of 2013."

Tickets for this year's Mobo awards, cost from £25 to £49 and are available through the Mobo and Hydro websites.

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