Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have announced a run of UK tour dates which will find them performing at Manchester Arena on 12 April 2016.  The date forms one of a series of nine gigs on the UK and Ireland leg of their European tour.

The performances are set to be their biggest shows on the continent and follow an intimate run of US dates in January and February.

The duo are partnering with Plus 1 so that a euro from every ticket purchased on their tour will go to support Partners in Health, Equal Justice Initiative, Youth Speaks and the 30/30 Project. They are committed to using their platform and resources to advance issues of equity and justice and are partnering with organizations dedicated to these same values.

Downtown continues to climb the Billboard and radio charts on the rise to quickly become the duo’s 3rd Top 5 hit. The song, which features Eric Nally and Hip Hop pioneers Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee and Melle Mel, has been performed on the VMA’s and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the video has been viewed over 45 million times on YouTube. It was certified GOLD with over 500,000 in sales in the US, selling over 1 million tracks worldwide.

Downtown is the first single from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s follow up to their multiple GRAMMY Award winning, platinum selling debut album The Heist.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will be joined at the gigs by Raury and XP.

The full UK and Ireland tour listing:

12 April   –   Manchester, Manchester Arena
13 April   –   Glasgow, Hydro Arena
15 April   –   Dublin, 3 Arena
21 April   –   Belfast, SSE Arena
22 April   –   Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
23 April   –   Leeds, First Direct Arena
24 April   –   Nottingham, Capital fm Arena
26 April   –   Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
27 April   –   London, O2 Arena

Tickets for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performing at Manchester Arena on 12 April 2016 go on sale at 9.30am on 30 October 2015.

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Manchester Arena.  Image courtesy of Matthew Hartley and Flickr.