It gives us great pleasure to announce that The Streets will now be headlining the summer ball! The Wombats have decided to extend their USA tour which has meant that they will not be able to perform at our Ball. Their decision to not perform has meant we can pull in all our resources to confirm a HUGE act. This is fantastic news for us as The Streets have just finished their last ever tour and this will be one of a handful of individual festival shows before the band calls it a day.
A Further 200 tickets will be placed on sale from www.hullstudent.com on the 6th May at 10am. This is possible because our fire officer has reviewed the capacity given there is no building work near the site this year. The only way to buy these tickets is from our website.
Mike Skinner is known by his stage name The Streets and is a rapper from Birmingham. He rose to fame with the release of his Mercury Music Prize-nominated debut album, Original Pirate Material.
With 5 studio albums (all UK Top 10 and 2 Number 1's) and nearly 5 million album sales worldwide, The Streets are one of the biggest bands to come out of the UK in the past 10 years.
The Streets: Music Career
In 2000, 'Has It Come To This?' was released on UK garage label ‘Locked On’. This label had previously had success with a track by The Artful Dodger, featuring Craig David. 'Has It Come To This?' received a great deal of radio airplay and broke the UK Top 20.
The single was soon followed with the release of the album Original Pirate Material. The album was a huge success both with the public and with music critics. The album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize but The Streets lost out to Ms Dynamite. All of the singles from the album ('Don't Mug Yourself', 'Weak Become Heroes', and Let’s Push Things Forward') reached the UK Top 40.
The Streets' second album was entitled A Grand Don't Come For Free. The debut single from the album, 'Fit But You Know It' was released in May 2004 and reached number four in the UK singles chart. An MC remix of the track features Lady Sovereign, Kano and Tinchy Stryder. The album was a concept album about a man that loses £1,000, starts a relationship, goes on holiday, breaks up the relationship and finds the cash again. The second single, 'Dry Your Eyes' went straight to number one in the UK.
In 2006, The Streets' third album, The Hardest Way To Make A Living, was released. The subject of the album focused on dealing with the problems of fame. The first single from the album, 'When You Wasn't Famous' reached number eight. Its follow-up, which is dedicated to his father, was entitled 'Never Went To Church' and uses the same chord sequence of 'Let It Be' by The Beatles. In June of that year, Mike Skinner appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman to promote the album.
Everything is Borrowed was released in 2008. Skinner decided to keep the tone of the album uplifting. The Streets made a live appearance at London's Roundhouse for the 2008 Electric Proms.
In late 2008, Mike Skinner announced that the fifth album from The Streets would be entitled Computers and Blues but would not be released until 2010. He also stated that it would be his last under The Streets moniker.
The following year, Skinner began posting free songs for his fans to download, via the Twitter website.
As some of you may have heard, this is going to be the last year for The Streets. They have already finished their last tour and are performing a handful of festivals this summer. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to catch one of Britain’s best bands before they call it a day.
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