February 18, 2013
- The hip-hop mogul surprises fans by announcing three last-minute dates at
Hammersmith Apollo for late February
- Fans clamour for access to gigs
- Tickets available on the online ticket marketplace StubHub.co.uk
US hip-hop mogul
has shocked UK fans by scheduling a trio of last-minute live dates at
HMV Hammersmith Apollo. The first two gigs, scheduled for 23 and 24 February, were announced on
Radio 1 show, with the DJ tweeting the news shortly thereafter. A third show on 1 March was announced on Monday, 18 February owing to popular demand.
The artist's last live outing in the UK and
was in 2012, when "Yeezy" and his
Watch the Throne
partner Jay-Z embarked on a major arena tour of the same name. West, who is expecting his first child with girlfriend
, has maintained a staple presence in the headlines both for his personal life and his creative efforts (the last of which was 2012's collaboration album
shows offer the rare opportunity to see the massively popular West in a more intimate setting. The rapper is accustomed to playing venues the size of
O2 Arena and
Madison Square Garden
, where he last headlined a Hurricane Sandy relief concert in December of last year. Since last week's announcement, the musical rumour mill has been working overtime, with soothsayers predicting that West will debut new material at the gigs.
The shows have generated a huge amount of public interest, with fans rushing to purchase tickets upon their release. Online ticket marketplace
offers fans who perhaps missed out on the initial release a second chance at seeing the platinum-selling artist live.
StubHub.co.uk launched in the
, and allows users to buy and sell tickets to the hottest entertainment, music, sport and theatre events. Dedicated
for his Hammersmith Apollo shows safely and conveniently on the site.
StubHub's dedicated Customer Service team are available from 9:00 - 21:00, seven days a week, to handle any and all customer queries (+44(0)800-358-8585).