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Rap star Professor Green to top bill at Derry's MTV show

By Garrett Hargan

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

The Hackney-born rapper and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter MNEK will take to the stage in front of a 10,000-strong crowd in Derry's Ebrington Square on September 19.

The first tickets for the event sold out in an incredible 40 seconds when they were released earlier in the month.

MTV has said that further announcements will be made soon.

Rapper, songwriter, producer and now fashion designer Professor Green is soon to release his third album, Growing Up In Public.

The album features collaborations with artists including Rizzle Kicks, Ed Sheeran and Tori Kelly.

Green has had commercial success scoring two top 3 albums and has received awards from the NME for Best Dance Floor Filler for his single Jungle, as well as a MOBO Award for best hip hop/grime act in 2010.

He has also embarked on three headline tours in addition to performing on the main stages of countless festivals such as Glastonbury, V Festival and Wireless.

Professor Green said: "I am just excited to get out on that stage, 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."

South London-born, Grammy nominated songwriter and producer MNEK scored a chart hit with Gorgon City's Ready For Your Love.

As a songwriter, he boasts a Grammy nomination and a No 1 single for Duke Dumont's Need U (100%).

As a producer, writer and remixer, his credits include Rudimental, Sub Focus, Tinie Tempah and Bastille, as well as working with Diplo, Clean Bandit and Sinead Hartnett for their future projects.

MNEK said: "I am looking forward to getting out there and performing alongside Professor Green at MTV Crashes Derry; I think it's going to be a good one and hopefully we will well and truly crash it!"

Derry mayor Brenda Stevenson said she was hugely excited by the acts confirmed thus far.

"This is a huge coup for the city and fantastic news for popular music fans across the city."

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