As you may know, hip hop veterans De La Soul have been celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Part of that celebration included giving away their entire catalog for free download this past January, which they've since won the Artist of the Year Webby Award for. They're also playing a number of tour dates this year, including a 25th anniversary celebration in NYC on July 16 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/2) at 10 AM with Live Nation and Music Geeks presales (password: "musicgeeks") on sale now. All dates are listed below.
De La Soul will also headline a Hopscotch Festival main stage show in Raleigh City Plaza on Thursday, September 4 with support from Toon & The Real Laww. That's ahead of main stage shows from Spoon, St. Vincent and Lonnie Walker on 9/5 and Mastodon, Death and Valient Thorr on 9/6, and the first time in Hopscotch's five years that they're having three main stage shows. 3-day passes are still available.
Speaking of rappers who have been on Gorillaz albums, Deltron 3030 are among the artists playing free Celebrate Brooklyn shows this year. Talib Kweli is playing one too.
All dates are listed, with a stream of De La Soul's Smell the D.A.I.S.Y mixtape (with beats by J Dilla), below...
De La Soul -- 2014 Tour Dates
THU 1 MAY O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire London, UK
FRI 2 MAY Manchester Academy Manchester, UK
SAT 3 MAY The Arches Glasgow, UK
SUN 4 MAY YO1 2014 York, UK York, UK
TUE 6 MAY The Assembly Leamington Spa, UK
WED 7 MAY O2 Academy Bristol Bristol, UK
FRI 9 MAY Aquarium Lowestoft Lowestoft, UK
FRI 23 MAY - SUN 25 MAY Sasquatch! Music Festival 2014 Quincy, WA, US
FRI 30 MAY - SUN 1 JUNE BottleRock Festival 2014 Napa, CA, US
THU 12 JUNE - SUN 15 JUNE Eden Festival 2014 Dumfries, UK
SAT 21 JUNE Walker Art Center Minneapolis, MN, US
WED 25 JUNE - SUN 29 JUNE Glastonbury Festival 2014 Pilton, UK
FRI 4 JULY - SUN 6 JULY Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2014 Lewes, UK
WED 16 JULY Irving Plaza New York, NY, US
THU 17 JULY Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA, US
SAT 19 JULY Howard Theatre Washington, DC, US
FRI 1 AUGUST - SUN 3 AUGUST Kendal Calling 2014 Penrith, UK
TUE 5 AUGUST Concorde 2 Brighton, UK
THU 7 AUGUST Rock City Nottingham, UK
FRI 8 AUGUST Sub89 Reading, UK
THU 4 SEPTEMBER Raleigh City Plaza Raleigh, NC (Hopscotch Festival)