DIZZEE RASCAL TO MAKE THE CROWD GO “BONKERS” AT THIS SUMMER’S HOTLY ANTICIPATED ISLE OF MTV 2014

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SINGAPORE, 6 JUNE 2014 - MTV has announced that internationally renowned UK rap superstar DIZZEE RASCAL will bring his distinctive raw sound – infusing rap, hip hop, UK garage and infectious bass-lines - to perform a number of his biggest hits at this summer’s Isle of MTV 2014. In addition, electro-pop singer songwriter and breakthrough artist KIESZA will also take the stage and the world’s number one DJ, producer and musician, HARDWELL,will bring the event to an almighty close with a powerhouse finale set. Now in its eighth year, the must-attend open-air event – organised in partnership with Malta Tourism Authority and sponsored by House of Marley and Someone Like Me - will take place on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 in the country’s historic Il-Fosos Square, Floriana. The show premieres on MTV Asia on Saturday, 2 August at 9pm (WIB), 10pm (SIN/HK) and 11pm (MAL).


DIZZEE RASCAL

Recognised for being a founder of the hugely influential UK grime movement from the tender age of 16, Dizzee Rascal went on to release a slew of dance-floor hits spanning five albums which have electrified the charts over the last decade, including ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’, summer smash ‘Dance Wiv Me’ (featuring DJ Calvin Harris, which received over 14.8 million views on YouTube), ‘Bonkers’ (produced by DJ Armand van Helden), ‘Shout’, ‘Dirtee Disco’, Holiday and ‘Goin’ Crazy’ (featuring Robbie Williams). His 2011 collaboration with Columbian superstar Shakira on Loca’ topped thecharts in a number of international territories - including Poland, Portugal and Spain- whilst also peaking at number thirty-two on the Billboard Hot 100. Having celebrated a run of five UK number ones, his latest album, ‘The Fifth’ - his first since signing a multi-million pound global record deal with Universal – features collaborations with a host of global names including Jessie J and Will.i.am.

Dizzee Rascal has countless accolades and industry awards to his name. He remains the youngest ever winner of the coveted Mercury Music Prize (at the age of 19 in 2003) and has also won an Ivor Novello and a number of BRIT Awards. Having given a landmark performance of ‘Bonkers’ at The Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games (broadcast to an estimated 900 million people worldwide) Dizzee is ready to take Malta by storm.


Dizzee Rascal
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KIESZA

Tipped by many leading industry figures as ‘the voice of the new house renaissance’, the Canadian-born New Yorker, signed to Lokal Legend, will bring her irresistibly unique hybrid sound -– packed with deep house grooves and soulful melodies – to perform an anthemic electro-pop set to the 50,000 strong crowd, including an undoubtedly popular performance of her recent debut smash hit ‘Hideaway’. The hot new single has already stormed the UK charts going straight in at number one, with its distinctive ‘one-take’ video - which was designed, directed and stars Kiesza performing a three minute dance routine through the streets of Brooklyn - receiving more than 18 million views on YouTube.

Bruce Gillmer, EVP, Music, Talent Programming and Events, VIMN, commented: “Isle of MTV is all about featuring dynamic artists who deliver unforgettable live performances, so we’re thrilled to confirm Kiesza for this year’s show. She is one of the most exciting emerging artists today and will bring incredible energy to the stage in Malta.”

Kiesza has also been selected to be MTV’s PUSH artist for the month of June. As the latest artist to be championed by the campaign - which is MTV International’s most powerful new artist promotional vehicle designed to introduce top priority breaking acts to MTV viewers around the world - Kiesza will feature prominently throughout June across all MTV’s international platforms including over 60 channels in approximately 170 territories worldwide; more than 30 MTV websites and 90 localised social network channels.



Kiesza
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HARDWELL

Bursting onto the international music scene in 2011 with his formidable dance beats, complex drum ensembles, daring synths and emotive chords, Dutch born Hardwell(bornRobbert van de Corput) will take to the stage at this year’s Isle of MTV to rock the 50,000 strong crowd. At the age of just 26, the Dutch phenomenon has already been named the world's No. 1 DJ in the 2013 DJ Mag Top 100 poll, acquiring global headliner status with performances at some of the most prestigious and crowd-pleasing of parties in the world.

Having elevated his festival and club-land standing to impressive, dizzying heights, his serving of meteoric club anthems have swept clubs and dance-floors worldwide. Hardwell will set Il Fosos Square alight with show-stopping performances of chart topping, club anthems ’Zero 76’ featuring mentor Tiësto (which received over 14 million views on YouTube!), ‘Call Me a Spaceman’, ‘Apollo’ and, ‘Cobra’ the track that first propelled Hardwell’s name into the spotlight and ignited a global phenomenon around his infectious releases and DJ sets.

Hardwell commented, “I am excited to play the Isle of MTV event and am really looking forward to this unique experience.”

Bruce Gillmer, EVP, Music, Talent Programming and Events, VIMN, commented: “We couldn’t be more excited about Hardwell’s upcoming Isle of MTV performance. His set could very well be one of the most highly anticipated over the past 8 years and we’re certain Malta is in for an incredible night!”



Hardwell
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