DIZZEE RASCAL TO MAKE THE CROWD GO “BONKERS” AT THIS SUMMER’S HOTLY ANTICIPATED ISLE OF MTV 2014
KIESZA and HARDWELL already announced – with more acts to be revealed!
04 JUNE 2014, LONDON/ MALTA
SummaryLondon, Milan – 4 June 2014: MTV has announced today that internationally renowned UK rap superstar DIZZEE RASCAL will bring his distinctive raw sound – infusing rap, hip hop, UK garage and infectious bass-lines - to perform a number of his biggest hits at this summer’s Isle of MTV 2014. Now in its eighth year, the must-attend open-air event – organised in partnership with Malta Tourism Authority and sponsored by House of Marley and Someone Like Me - will take place on Wednesday 25th June 2014 in the country’s historic Il-Fosos Square, Floriana.
Recognised for being a founder of the hugely influential UK grime movement from the tender age of 16, Dizzee Rascal went on to release a slew of dance-floor hits spanning five albums which have electrified the charts over the last decade, including ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’, summer smash ‘Dance Wiv Me’ (featuring DJ Calvin Harris, which received over 14.8million views on YouTube), ‘Bonkers’ (produced by DJ Armand van Helden), ‘Shout’, ‘Dirtee Disco’, Holiday and ‘Goin’ Crazy’ (featuring Robbie Williams). His 2011 collaboration with Columbian superstar Shakira on ‘Loca’topped thecharts in a number of international territories - including Poland, Portugal and Spain - whilst also peaking at number thirty-two on the Billboard Hot 100. Having celebrated a run of five UK number ones, his latest album, ‘The Fifth’ – his first since signing a multi-million pound global record deal with Universal – features collaborations with a host of global names including Jessie J and Will.i.am.
Dizzee Rascal has countless accolades and industry awards to his name. He remains the youngest ever winner of the coveted Mercury Music Prize (at the age of 19 in 2003) and has also won an Ivor Novello and a number of BRIT Awards. Having given a landmark performance of ‘Bonkers’ at The Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games (broadcast to an estimated 900 million people worldwide) Dizzee is ready to take Malta by storm.
As the latest act to be added to the 2014 line-up, the solo-superstar will join singer-songwriter KEISZA and the world’s number one DJ HARDWELL to rock the 50,000 strong crowd of local music fans - with more names still to be announced.
The live performances will be filmed and edited into a 60-minute special that will broadcast across 20 MTV channels throughout Europe.
Isle of MTV 2014 is sponsored by music and lifestyle brand House of Marley and Someone Like Me, a global sex education campaign partnership between Durex and MTV Staying Alive Foundation.
About Dizzee Rascal
Dizzee Rascal (born Dylan Mills) is an award winning London-born rapper, songwriter and grime producer. With an eclectic sound blending influences from a wide range of musical genres including hip-hop, garage, rap, raga and drum and bass, his critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Boy In Da Corner’ brought him to national attention in the UK with hit singles including ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’ and ‘I Luv U’. In September 2003, Dizzee Rascal won the highly regarded Mercury Music Prize, making him the youngest person ever (at the age of 19) to win the award.
Dizzee Rascal's second album ‘Showtime’ was released in 2004 and entered the UK album chart at number eight; with his third release ‘Maths + English’ (released in June 2007) giving Dizzee his second nomination for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize.
In July 2008, Dizzee Rascal's collaboration with Calvin Harris, 'Dance Wiv Me' became a massive summer chart hit, reaching number one in the UK singles chart; with follow up hits ‘You Got the Dirtee Love’ (a mash up of ‘You’ve Got the Love’ and ‘Dirtee Cash’ with British indie rock band Florence and the Machine); ‘Dirtee Disco’ (which gave the rapper a fourth solo number-one single when it topped the chart in May 2010) and worldwide smash ‘Loco’ with mega-star Shakira in 2011.
In a homage to the UK’s pop culture resume, Dizzee gave a landmark performance of smash hit single ‘Bonkers’ at the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, which was broadcast to just shy of a billion people around the world, cementing his position as one of the UK’s greatest music exports.
In 2013, Dizzee released 'The Fifth' - his first album since signing a multi-million pound worldwide deal with Universal – which he described as “a Dirty Dozen-style mission to go for the global jugular". Looming large alongside notable contributions from Will.i.am, Rihanna and Chris Brown veterans Warren Okay ‘Oak’ Felder and Andrew ‘Pop’ Wansell, not to mention Madonna’s hook-scientist of choice Jean-Baptiste Kouame, are four tracks recorded with RedOne (the all-conquering Swedish/Moroccan production house that gave the world Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’, J-Lo’s ‘On The Floor’ and Nicki Minaj’s ‘Starships’ to name but three).