News Tue 25 Jun 2019





On 31st May, Skepta ended weeks of fevered anticipation by releasing his highly anticipated fifth studio album, Ignorance Is Bliss. An instant hit with fans and critics alike, the record was met with huge, widespread acclaim and entered the UK album charts at number two.

Released via Skepta’s own Boy Better Know label, Ignorance Is Bliss is the follow up to his era defining Konnichiwa album. Brilliantly uncompromising, authentic and unwavering in its desire to push boundaries, it’s set to go down as Skepta’s best album to date. Skepta takes the lead / sole producer role on the majority of the record alongside the likes of Ragz Originale, Ayo, IndigoChildRick and Trench, and collaborations with Nafe Smallz, Key, J Hus, Cheb Rabi & B Live, Lancey Foux, Lay Z & Wizkid and BBK.

Today, Skepta announces his first headline tour since the release of Ignorance Is Bliss. The run of shows will culminate in a huge hometown event at London’s 10,000 capacity Olympia on Friday 29th November. Skepta will also perform at festivals across Europe over the summer, including a residency at the Manchester International Festival alongside fellow headliners Yoko Ono and Idris Elba & Kwame Kwei-Armah, where we will be debuting his truly unique, immersive DYSTOPIA987 show.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 9am on Thursday 27th June with more information via 

Sat 26 Oct       AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sat 23 Nov      Warehouse Project @ Mayfield Depot, Manchester, UK

Tues 26 Nov    O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK

Wed 27 Nov    Jampark, Dublin, Ireland

Thu 28 Nov     O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK

Fri 29 Nov      Olympia, London, UK

“The internet is making everything and everyone politically correct but that takes away the artistry. Ignorance Is Bliss deals with the yin yang of Life. True Skepta, saying it exactly how it is.” – SKEPTA, 2019

"Ignorance is Bliss affirms his continued position as one of the best rappers Britain has produced" - THE TIMES

"A sensual pleasure" - THE GUARDIAN

“This long-awaited follow up inevitably carries a lot of expectation with it. Gratifyingly it delivers on every level” – METRO

“A breathtaking sonic assault on the senses. Wow” - SUNDAY TIMES

“Ignorance Is Bliss handles the MC’s next steps with authority and, crucially, popping production… the spotlight lights up the UK scene” - THE OBSERVER

“An album that continues to push the boundaries and raise the levels in a way that only Skepta could” - CLASH

"A diverse-sounding, assured success, a muscular record that conveys global ambition, drawing on a dizzying collection of sounds and influences" - NME

"The epitome of progress" – HYPEBEAST

"Some of the flourishes in his production are exquisite here... genuinely inventive" - PITCHFORK

"A quintessentially London record, as dark and moody as it is brash and innovative." - THE INDEPENDENT

"By digging deep both sonically and lyrically, Skepta has once again expanded the genre’s parameters, all while making it look easy." - COMPLEX

"Skepta’s effortless flow unites the mature, diverse project, which is stacked with his commentary on politics, relationships, identity politics, and more" - HIGH SNOBIETY

"Once again, Skepta cuts through everything around him" - STEREOGUM