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Badshah’s Debut UK Tour Shuts Down London and Leeds, Mesmerizing Over 15,000 Fans with Epic Performances!

United Kingdom, 30th November 2023- Music aficionados in the United Kingdom were treated to an unforgettable and enthralling night of unadulterated revelry as the one of the biggest household names in the South-Asian music and entertainment industry, Badshah delivered pioneering headlining performances in the region and shut down London and Leeds over the weekend.

Notably, the sold-out historic performances marked Badshah’s debut set at the iconic arenas and arrived amidst unprecedented anticipation for his forthcoming album ‘Badworld’.

Most loved for his chart-topping radio hits, arresting stage presence and zealous fan interactions, the fourth most followed Indian musician on Spotify infused an invigorating surge of energy and enthusiasm to the illustrious Wembley’s Ovo Arena and First Direct Arena, as he presented a unique blend of Punjabi hip hop, Bollywood and pop music complemented with some acoustic shayari.

Billed as a truly immersive and experiential event; crowd pleasers like confetti, streamers, CO2 jets, holographic effects, DMX fire machines and pyrotechnics were deployed as the Billboard-charting South Asian music juggernaut made a larger-than-life splash on the stage along with his famous mammoth sized teddy bear and exotic dancers at his highly publicized tour. The 38-year-old global entertainer took the arenas by storm, sporting ultra-chic luxe gear and delighted his legions of fans across the United Kingdom over a smashing three-hour 27-track setlist.

The hip-hop trailblazer, who continues to drop top-selling records year after year, performed some of his most influential compositions including the recently released ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Jawaab’ as well as his memorable hits from his older catalog such ‘Jugnu’, ‘Paani Paani’, ‘Garmi’, ‘DJ Waale Babu’, ‘Lets Nacho’, ‘Kala Chashma’, ‘Kar Gayi Chull’, ‘Genda Phool’, ‘Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai’ and ‘Paagal’.

The maiden two-city solo tour that saw the music icon perform in the United Kingdom after a six-year hiatus was received with thunderous encores on multiple occasions, with a 15,000 plus cumulative audience chanting his name in unison. Interestingly, while both stadiums had a seated arrangement, midway through the show, the majority of the attendees were atop their seats screaming their lungs out and dancing like nobody was watching. A heartwarming moment that took the spirited audience by surprise was when Badshah emerged from the centre of the stadium like a phoenix to give an up close and personal experience to his fans stationed at the farther end of the arena. The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly when all the concertgoers showed their appreciation for their favourite artist by holding up their cell phone lights in synchronization as the arena lights dimmed, creating a spine-tingling visual experience. In his archetypal modest style, Badshah was quick to express gratitude on multiple counts, as he referenced how legends like Michael Jackson, Black Pink, Gurudas Maan had performed at the venue previously as well as bowed down to the audience with folded hands as the performance came to a conclusion.

Badshah who sported custom-made Sidhu Moose Wala earplugs throughout the show as a mark of respect says, “A big shoutout to all my fans in the U.K. for coming out over the weekend. It has been an incredibly delightful experience for me and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the music and making memories with each one of you. It takes a lot to pull off shows like these and I thank all the stakeholders involved in making this tour a success and I look forward to performing again real soon!”

Saurabh Abbi, CEO, TM Ventures who manages Badshah adds on, “We are grateful that Badshah enjoys a great fan base not only in India but also across various countries around the world. The kind of response we received in the U.K. has surpassed our expectations and we are thankful for all the heartwarming messages coming in from the live event and music community. We look forward to taking the Badshah Live experience to different corners of the world next year.”

Sunny Sethi, Executive Creative Producer, Imagine X Global states, “The North has bred musical legends, from the Beatles in Liverpool to Ed Sheeran’s Yorkshire roots. It’s a region steeped in music history, and we’re excited to add Badshah’s name to this illustrious list. Our production isn’t just a concert; it’s an immersive experience that allows Badshah to connect and resonate with his fans. We’re also harnessing the power of the arts to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing, creating a space where fans can come together for a night of escapism and community.”

Govind Shahi, Executive Vice President, IndiaCast UK Ltd (Colors TV UK) says, “The ‘Badshah Live In UK’ concerts orchestrated a symphony of applause, resonating not just with our enthusiastic audience but also harmonizing seamlessly with our esteemed partners! This surge of success, driven by pulsating foot-stomping beats and captivating dancing grooves, underscores our steadfast commitment to delivering exhilarating, captivating, and avant-garde experiences for our customers and partners in the UK. As a network deeply connected with our audience, we are dedicated to crafting unforgettable moments, and the rhythmic energy of a lively LIVE audience inspires us to curate an even more magnificent and melodious lineup for the upcoming year. In a nightclub-esque atmosphere, Colors was thrilled to be part of this live audience, witnessing why the “bad boy” is truly the Badshah of today’s music scene.”

As the first Indian hip hop artist-entrepreneur to have a curated South Asian list on Capital XTRA and Formula 1 playlist to his credit, Badshah showcased his exceptional vocal prowess and his aptitude to bridge culture and community with this much-talked about tour, which only further cements his legacy among a truly global fanbase.

The Badshah Live In UK Tour was produced by Rock On Music, Colors TV, Imagine X Global and Sunrise Radio.

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