MOBOs return to Liverpool

Liverpool is looking forward to an economic boost from thousands of visitors to the MOBO Awards in November after ACC Liverpool was chosen to host the awards for the second time.

Kanya King, MOBO Awards founder, said: "We had a fantastic show in Liverpool two years ago and worked very well with the city and Echo Arena Liverpool which makes it a real joy to come back and have an even bigger celebration of the best talent around this year.

"This year's show will have some fabulous performances as always, with some great performances on the night. The nominations for the various categories will be announced early next month. Both Liverpool and MOBO are getting ready for another historic event in this Olympic year."

The MOBO Awards [Music of Black Origin] will take place at Echo Arena Liverpool on Saturday 3 November whilst the adjoining BT Convention Centre will provide green room space for artists.

Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Joe Anderson, said: "Liverpool is delighted to host the MOBO Awards for the second time. It's a real coup that once again the city has been selected as the location where some of the music industry's finest talents will be honoured.

"This city's contribution to music is unrivalled and as a vibrant, creative and diverse city, we welcome any opportunity to showcase what Liverpool has to offer. It is thanks to the award-winning Echo Arena Liverpool that we are able to welcome such exciting events which all help to project us before a global audience.

"We have a fantastic reputation when it comes to staging high-profile events and I'm sure that the 2012 MOBO Awards will be a huge success."

The MOBO Awards attracted an audience of more than 7,500 music fans last time it was held in the city in October 2010. It is expected to generate more than £1m in economic impact for the city region.

The MOBO Awards have been held annually in the UK for the past 17 years with performances and attendances from artists including Janet Jackson, Destiny's Child, Dionne Warwick, Justin Timberlake, Tina Turner, Dizzee Rascal, Marley Family, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Usher and Amy Winehouse to name a few.

Bob Prattey, chief executive of ACC Liverpool, said: "The MOBO Awards chose Liverpool as the first ever location outside of London to host their prestigious event in 2010, building on the city's reputation of having a strong musical heritage.

"The Awards will be broadcast across BBC platforms so they will provide another fantastic opportunity to show the world that Liverpool successfully hosts significant music events.

"As November's Awards will take place on a Saturday night, the potential for economic impact is huge with thousands of visitors expected to stay in the city for the weekend."

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