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Professor Green to play MTV concert

Chart-topping rap star Professor Green is to headline a massive music concert in Londonderry.

The Hackney-born rapper will take to the stage alongside Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter MNEK for the MTV Crashes Derry-Londonderry event at Ebrington Square on September 19.

Organisers said 10,000 tickets for the gig 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 Just Be Good To Green and Read All About It singer has enjoyed huge commercial success with two top three albums and eight consecutive top 40 singles. 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 too was 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.

Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson said securing this latest event was a major achievement.

"This is a huge coup for the city and fantastic news for popular music fans across the city and region who are hugely excited about attending a weekend of fantastic music celebration at Ebrington," she said.

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