Wiley announces 2018 ‘Godfather’ Tour & Manchester visit

The Godfather of Grime, ​Wiley​, has unveiled a 6-date tour of the UK and Ireland, taking place across February 2018, including a visit to Manchester Academy 2 on Wednesday 21st February.

By Steven Pankhurst | 22 January 2018

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Wiley @ Manchester Academy 2
Wednesday 21st Feb

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The tour follows the huge success of his latest album ‘​Godfather​’ and his historic showcase at Camden’s Roundhouse. The Roundhouse show went near-viral, with a veritable roll call of grime royalty coming out in support the Godfather. ​BBK members ​Skepta, JME ​and ​Frisco took their turns, as did ​Devlin, Lethal B, P. Money ​and ​Ghetts,​ with ​Stormzy​ topping off the selection of surprise guests.

Having spent much of 2017 garnering the biggest accolades in the industry, ​Wiley has been widely recognised by several of the biggest names and publications in music for his innovation, and has been the subject of widespread critical acclaim, with the ​‘Godfather’ ​album serving as one of the most seminal productions of recent years.


With his status reaffirmed as an innovator of the genre, his upcoming ‘​Godfather II’ album builds on the success of the former, featuring the highly acclaimed single ‘​Call The Shots’​; a cleverly lyricised tale of his rise to power. ​The production, boosted by bass-heavy chords and ​Wiley​’s typically sharp lyrics, has been widely praised since release, with collaborative artist ​JME providing candid bars which serve as the perfect counter-punch on the track.

Following the release of his eagerly anticipated autobiography ​Eskiboy​, ​Wiley’s ‘Godfather’ tour will see the curator playing out many of his ‘​Godfather II’​ tracks for the first time in a live environment.

Don’t miss ​Wiley​’s biggest ever headline show to date in the UK – tickets on sale this Friday at 10am.

Manchester Academy 2, Oxford Road, M13 9PR