Professor Green to perform at Hull's Tokyo club
WORLD-famous rapper Professor Green is coming to Hull this weekend to perform at the city's newest club.
More used to singing in front of thousands of fans in arenas and at festivals, the English musician will be performing in the more intimate setting of Tokyo in Anlaby Road on Saturday night.
Nigel Holliday, the club's business development manager, said: "This is a massive coup for us and the area.
"Facebook has been going crazy since we had it confirmed this week.
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"We've had enquiries from all over the country from people wanting to attend.
"It has come at a huge cost and we don't expect to make any money from the event.
"The aim is to put the club and the city on the map."
Professor Green has found fame with hits such as Just Be Good To Green and chart-topping song Read All About It.
He is coming straight to the city after performing at the University of York ball.
Mr Holliday said: "I expect it to be a 1,000 sellout, so I would advise anyone interested to buy their tickets in advance.
"It is a massive act for us and should be a great weekend for the city.
"On Friday evening, the Kaiser Chiefs will be performing a DJ set so we are bringing some big names to the city."
The building, which was constructed in 1914, held up to 1,200 people, who would gather in the cinema to watch silent movies accompanied by a live orchestra during its early years.
It continued as a cinema until 1978 before the renowned piece of Edwardian architecture opened as a nightclub, finding fame in the city as Tower, giving rise to the phrase "Tower for an hour".
The building opened as a Tokyo club following a £1.2m refurbishment in August this year and was launched by world-famous DJ Example. The move created 130 jobs.
Future artists performing at the venue include Neville Staples on Friday, October 26, Tim Burgess on Tuesday, October 30, and The Pigeon Detectives on Monday, November 19.
Aaron Mellor, managing director of Tokyo, said: "I fell in love with this building the first time I was introduced to it.
"We've worked hard to maintain many of the building's original features while delivering a super modern venue, enhanced by cutting-edge technology."
Professor Green is expected to perform for about 40 minutes from 1am on Sunday. Doors open on Saturday at 10pm and tickets cost £10.
The gig is not for anyone aged under 18 and last entry is 11pm.
Visit www.tokyohull.com for tickets. If there are any tickets remaining on the night, people will be able to pay on the door.