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Slowthai to head out on intimate UK pub tour with £1 tickets

'Times are tough for a lot of people', said Slowthai of his new cut-price tour'

By Nick Reilly

slowthai press shot, 2023
'UGLY' is the follow-up to 2021's 'Tyron'. (Photo: George Muncey)

slowthai has announced he’ll head out on an intimate UK tour later this month, playing at pubs across the country with tickets available for £1.

The Northampton rapper, who announced his third album UGLY last week, has today confirmed details of his ‘Best Night Of Your Life’ pub tour.

The six shows will kick off at Sunderland’s Independent Pub on February 28, before he concludes with a cosy homecoming at The Black Prince in Northampton on March 3.

Tickets will go on general sale on February 15 at 10am GMT here, while a pre-sale begins on February 13 at 10am GMT.

slowthai said of the tour, which has been supported by Jagermeister: “I make music for myself but I wouldn’t be where I am without my fans. It’s important to me that people can have access to me and my music so I wanted to go to some new places and play this album first. Times are tough for a lot of people and working with Jägermeister has helped me keep tickets to only a quid.”

slowthai’s third album arrives on March 3, via Method Records. Produced by Dan Carey, best known for his work with rock outfits like Fontaines D.C.Wet Leg and Black Midi, at his home studio in South London, UGLY is described in a press release as “a striking departure” that takes influence from Nirvana, Daniel Johnston and Radiohead.

“This album was me trying to emulate the spirit of the brotherhood ethos that bands have. Music is about the feeling and emotion that goes into it,” the rapper, real name Ty Frampton, said. “Like an artist making a painting, it’s the expression of that moment in time. I really felt like I didn’t want to rap, whereas before, rap was the only way I could express myself with the tools I had. Now that I have more freedom to create and do more, why wouldn’t we change it up?”

Frampton’s decision to turn his lyrical incisiveness back on himself was inspired by having entered therapy during the writing sessions for UGLY, which helped him reconnect with pre-fame levels of contentment. “I didn’t have a care in the world when I was rolling around with my friends in a 306 and falling in love,” he explains. “Now I have to think twice about what I say, but why? The fear of not being liked? Who gives a fuck? I wish I’d come to the epiphany quicker. It took me 10 years to get back to where I was originally and learn that everything I believed along the way didn’t mean fuck all.” 

“The first album was the sound of where I’m from and everything I thought I knew,” he continues. “The second album is what was relevant to me at that moment in time, the present. And this album is completely me — about how I feel and what I want to be… it’s everything I’ve been leading up to.”