17th October | O2 Academy

You may have heard of slowthai for his Slaves-meets-The Streets style of instrumental productions, his clever activist lyrics or his bold, brilliant visuals. Or you may have seen the Mercury Prize nominee hold a mock severed head of Boris Johnson on stage during an electrifying performance of the rambunctious, rowdy ‘Doorman’. He and Joe Talbot seemed to have kindled a mighty bromance that night, which is yet another thing you can offer in his favour.

Whether you’ve been swift or sluggish to catch on to slowthai, the Northampton rapper has gained critical accolades, a cult fan following and consistent acclaim from music industry peers (he’s collaborated with Skepta and Danny Brown and US hip-hop supergroup Brockhampton have invited them on a leg of their American tour). His first major tour, the ’99p Tour’, sold tickets for less than a pound a pop and was a sell-out success.

True to form, his first excursion off the back of the release of his debut, Nothing Great About Britain is the Bet Ya A £5er tour. You guessed it: tickets cost £5 (you can party like it’s 1999) and sold out well in advance. He’ll be bringing his brash brand of UK rap to the O2 Academy this Thursday.

See slowthai perform ‘Inglorious’ live at this year’s Glastonbury here: