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Tokio Myers

Mon 30th Apr From €31 BOOK NOW

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MCD Presents
Tokio Myers
The Olympia Theatre
Monday 30th April 2018

**Tickets on sale NOW**

After captivating the nation’s heart as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2017, and announcing the imminent release of his debut album ‘Our Generation’ on Syco Music on 17th November, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Tokio Myers announces his first ever tour next spring including a must see Dublin show at The Olympia Theatre on Monday 30th April.

Tickets from €31 including booking fee & restoration levy on sale NOW via Ticketmaster.ie, usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide (list here) including The Olympia Theatre Box Office, and by calling Ticketmaster at The Olympia Phone Bookings on 0818 719 330.

The fees for this event include a €1.00 restoration levy. The restoration levy will allow The Olympia Theatre to invest in maintaining and enhancing the theatre to ensure that it continues to consistently deliver the highest quality experience for theatre goers, actors, performers & producers.

Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult, Over 18's ID required to gain access to the bars where alcohol is served. 

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Doors open 7pm. Approximate stage times will be posted here once we receive them from production.
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Tokio Myers is totally unique. He’s created a sound all his own, fusing an array of musical influences that have shaped him as an artist, ranging from classical and cinematic to hip-hop, dance and 90s’ soul.

Catch him when he performs ‘Angel’ this Saturday on The X Factor.

Tokio grew up in North London before being awarded a coveted piano scholarship at the Royal College of Music. A stint as a studio musician led to recording and touring with some of the biggest names in music including Amy Winehouse, The Police, Kanye West and Mr Hudson.

Tickets on sale Friday 8th December and are available from http://gigst.rs/tokio

Featuring a mix of original songs as well as innovative and inventive re-workings, ‘Our Generation’ includes the hypnotic original compositions ‘Baltimore’ and

‘To Be Loved’, plus ‘Bloodstream’, a cover of Rudimental and Ed Sheeran’s hit, The Weekend’s ‘Angel’ which is available from today as well as ‘Children’ by the late Robert Miles. Tokio performs at the Royal Variety Show this month with the show airing 17th December.

"Instead of asking 'Why?', we should be saying: 'Why not?' That's always been my attitude, from when I was a small kid. I don’t recognise those so-called boundaries. In music, you can do anything you want."

Bio

As those remarks suggest, Tokio Myers isn't a person who is terribly bothered by convention. The multi-talented pianist, composer and producer, who stormed to victory on Britain's Got Talent earlier this year, is a man on a mission. Fusing the classical music he fell in love with as a young child with the beats and textures of the dance music he immersed himself in in his teens, Tokio is a compellling example of what can happen when you throw away the rulebook. An hour in his company is an inspiring and revitalising experience. Tokio talks about his upbringing, his musical journey and core beliefs, with infectious zeal and unapologetic passion.  The days when you needed to seek permission to go against the grain as an artist are gone, he argues.

"I really do feel that the structural rigidity we grew up with is slowly melting away. Young people today are much more open-minded about music, and its infinite possibilities. People my age, we've had to un-condition ourselves, if you like. Kids now, though, they're approaching life, everything, in a completely different way."

Currently hunkered down in the recording studio completing his debut album, which will be released on 17th November via Syco Music, Tokio takes some time out to explain his ambitions for the record, and describe the key events and influencers that led him to this cusp-of-stardom moment. His words tumble over themselves, and his eyes moisten when he talks about the people who guided him on his path, narrow as he rails against the prejudiced and injustice that still scar so many lives.

It's a pretty extraordinary story. Growing up in a household full of warmth and nurture, Tokio absorbed his parents' Jamaican heritage through his dad's extensive record collection, and the importance placed on perserverance, tolerance and looking out for others. Yet his childhood was also marked by the gang violence that dogged the north London streets he grew up among, and which at times threatened to lure him down the wrong path. He witnessed the fatal stabbing of Philip Lawrence, headteacher of the secondary school he attended, and was rushed to safety by his music teacher, who Tokio credits, alongside his parents (he cites his dad buying him a second-hand keyboard when he was nine as another crucial moment), with keeping him on the straight and narrow, and leading him away from temptation.

 

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