So Solid, the now legendary UK collective whose core members included the inimitable Megaman, Harvey, Lisa Maffia, Romeo, Swiss, Oxide and Neutrino, exploded from the UK underground and into the charts back in 2001 with their genre defining No.1 ‘21 Seconds’, going on to define a generation of urban music. Now, following the release of their new album ‘Solid Soul: The Best of So Solid’, they are returning with a special comeback tour in conjunction with MOBO, providing fans with their very last chance to see them perform together as a collective. The MOBO awards celebrates its 18th anniversary this year on 19th October in Glasgow at the newly opened SSE Hydro.
With no fewer than eleven Top 10 hits including three No.1 records, and with over 2 million albums and singles sold between them, So Solid’s track record is second to none. It was their sound that introduced the urban scene to the mainstream, paving the way for a new wave of musical innovation and being crowned the undisputed godfathers of UK Garage. Their influence subsequently shaped a generation of emerging and innovative UK acts including the titans of the contemporary scene Skepta, Wiley, Wretch 32, Lethal Bizzle and Ms Dynamite, all of who will join them on their final tour.
Now over a decade later and after numerous Top 10 hits like ‘They Don’t Know’ and ‘Haters’, So Solid remain in the hearts and minds of longstanding and new fans alike. With their continuing popularity remaining as strong as ever, they recently sold out a show at indig02 within 24 hours.
The forthcoming tour will see them perform in London at The O2, then regionally in Manchester, Sheffield, Norwich and Birmingham in conjunction with the MOBO Honours Tour. In addition to the named support acts they will also be joined by a hand picked selection of new and emerging urban artists that they personally help to develop.
“Part of the So Solid philosophy is to support and bring forward new talent and help them avoid the pitfalls of the music industry and be a positive role model and guide”
Mega - So Solid
So Solid will also be reuniting for the 2013 MOBO awards, taking part in the star-studded ceremony at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 19th Oct.
As well as the UK Tour, So Solid have just released their brand new single ‘UK Hot Wid It’ and ‘Best Of’ album ‘Solid Soul: The Best Of So Solid’, which is out now. This is the first time that all of the trail-blazing collective’s hits have been compiled onto one definitive collection. With three fantastic new songs on the album, this is a must-have record for any fan of UK Urban music. The album not only features all of So Solid’s biggest hits, it also features individual members’ hit records too - with top 10s from Lisa Maffia, MC Romeo and Oxide & Neutrino, underlining the raw and collective talents within the group.
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19th Oct: MOBO Awards – Glasgow, SSE Hydro
13th Nov: Manchester, The Ritz
14th Nov: London, The O2
16th Nov: Sheffield, The Plug
18th Nov: Norwich, Waterfront
19th Nov: Birmingham, The Institute (The Library)