Mobos will be held at SECC

20 Apr 2009

One of the world's most prestigious music ceremonies, the MOBO Awards, will be held outside of London for the first time this year and will be staged at Glasgow's Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) on September 30th 2009.  The announcement was made today by Kanya King MBE, R&B superstar Lemar and X Factor finalists, JLS.
Hosting the iconic awards will see Scotland welcome an entourage of A-List musicians and celebrities as well as thousands of music fans and will reinforce Glasgow's reputation as a world class destination for hosting music events and emphasise its status as an UNESCO City of Music.
The MOBO Awards, launched in 1996 have taken place in London for the past thirteen years and have acknowledged and celebrated icons of the global music industry such as Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Tina Turner, Dizzee Rascal, Jay- Z, LL Cool J, Amy Winehouse, Rihanna and Usher to name but a few. 
The MOBO Awards have been secured for Glasgow and Scotland through a partnership of EventScotland, the national events agency, and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) and also have the support of Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government.

Michael Russell, Scottish Government Minister for Culture, said:  "This prestigious awards ceremony will attract urban music fans from across the globe, providing a significant boost to the economy, both locally in Glasgow and across Scotland. 

"Bringing together musicians from the American, European and African industries will be a magnificent opportunity to put our diverse and unique national culture onto the world stage and to consolidate our international reputation for hospitality. 

"The MOBOs event will also support and enhance Scotland's creative industries, a key sector that already supports 60,000 jobs and contributes over £5 billion in turnover to our economy."

Also speaking at today's launch, Councillor Steven Purcell, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, added:  "We are delighted to be hosting the MOBO Awards in Glasgow this year. This is an event on a global scale and will be a marvellous opportunity to showcase our city and the modern face of Scotland.
Scott Taylor, Chief Executive, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said:  "We are delighted to have played our part in bringing the MOBOs to the city in September.
"We relish the opportunity to demonstrate just why Glasgow has been chosen as the host city for these prestigious awards, which will undoubtedly reinforce our style credentials even further."
The event will be held at Glasgow's SECC and will be watched by a capacity audience on the night in addition to being broadcast live nationally.
It is estimated that the MOBOs have an annual global audience reach of 250 million across 60 countries.
Tickets will go on sale for the 2009 MOBO Awards in the coming months. 
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  • X Factor runners up JLS with Mobo's Kanya King