Wednesday 16 March 2011

MOBO Awards Return to Glasgow

Great news for Glasgow with the announcement of a three year deal secured by EventScotland, the national events agency, and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) it was announced today (Wednesday, March 16) that MOBO will return to host the annual Awards ceremony again in 2013 and 2015.

MOBO ambassador and previous co-host Alesha Dixon was in Glasgow today with emerging artist Yasmin to support the announcement, Alesha commented: “I am truly delighted to announce Glasgow as the host city for this year’s 16th MOBO Awards. I hosted the event last year with Reggie Yates, and back in 2002 with LL Cool J and it was a wonderful experience. The music scene here in Glasgow is very vibrant, no doubt because of the passionate audiences here in Scotland. I adore working with MOBO as they have such a valuable and pioneering ethos which translates into a powerful programme of events.”

Kanya King MBE, CEO and founder of the MOBO Awards, made the announcement with high praise for Scotland and Glasgow as a host for the Awards adding: “We had such a fantastic experience when we hosted the MOBO Awards here in 2009, that it felt very natural for us to want to return and build on our great relationship with the city. We have a wealth of fabulous artists performing and some great surprises up our sleeves, so the run up to October 5th is going to be a very exciting time for MOBO and for Glasgow.”

MOBO Awards tickets will be available as part of a ballot, MOBO fans can register at from now onwards. Tickets are priced at £29, £49, £59 and £100 (golden circle.) Gold and Platinum tables can also be secured. For more information and to register your interest visit:

The MOBO Awards made music history in 2009 by moving out of London for the first time and staging the glamorous show at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC). Their return to the city as part of a three year agreement is testament to the event’s massive success in 2009, which was widely hailed as one of the best MOBO Awards ever. From 2013, the star-studded evening will be held in the new Scottish National Arena adjacent to the SECC.

The 2009 event was a sell-out success with performers entertaining a capacity audience of more than 7,000 and the city welcoming an entourage of A-list celebrities, urban music talent and industry leaders.
The MOBO Awards also delivered an impressive economic impact as well as very significant media exposure for Glasgow. Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Government Minister for Culture and External Affairs, said: “Securing this prestigious awards ceremony as part of a three year deal is testament to Scotland’s vibrant and diverse music scene and our ability to host major events. Attracting talented artists and urban music fans from across the globe is great news for Scotland, which enhances our international reputation and significantly boosts our economy, both locally in Glasgow and across Scotland. I’d like to congratulate all those involved in securing this event for Scotland.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Glasgow City Marketing Bureau’s role, in partnership with EventScotland, has secured the return of the MOBO Awards in 2011, 2013 and 2015, which is a real coup for Glasgow and Scotland. The 2013 awards will be particularly special as they will be the first major music event to be held in Scotland’s new National Arena at the SECC. Today’s announcement reinforces Glasgow’s cutting edge style credentials and its reputation as Scotland’s leading music city. The audience reach of the MOBO Awards will continue to showcase Glasgow on the global stage through until 2015.”

Launched in 1996, The MOBO Awards have acknowledged and celebrated icons of the global music industry over the years, with past winners including Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Tina Turner, Dizzee Rascal, Jay- Z, LL Cool J, Amy Winehouse, Rihanna and Beyonce to name but a few.

The 2015 edition will mark the 20th anniversary of the MOBO organisation and they have picked up a number of awards for the Glasgow event in the past few months including the Events and Festivals (International) Award at the 2010 Scottish Thistle Awards. This followed on from their double success at the Scottish Event Awards where they were named winner of the Best Medium Event category in addition to taking home the overall Chairman’s Award.

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