Events Center: Drake is the biggest rap show in arena history
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Famed Canadian rapper Drake is set to appear at the Iowa Events Center this fall.
Titled the "Summer Sixteen" tour, the show is set to take place on Oct. 4. Drake is set to co-headline the tour along with fellow hip-hop star Future.
Drake, a Toronto-based rapper, comes to Des Moines after the release of his latest record, "Views," which dropped in April.The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his sixth album to reach the top of the charts. "Views" has sold over 1 million equivalent album units, according to a news release. The record features the popular singles "Hotline Bling" and "One Dance."
Drake, who hosted and performed on "Saturday Night Live" on May 14, is also known for singles such as "Jumpman," "Started from the Bottom," "Take Care" and more.
The date was confirmed via a Twitter post from Drake, which also included announced appearances in Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and more.
According to Drake's tweet, pre-sale tickets for the show start May 23. General public tickets, which go on sale May 26 at 10 a.m., can be purchased via Hy-VeeTix.com, 844-55-HYVEE, the Wells Fargo Arena box office or participating Hy-Vee locations. Tickets cost $49.50, $69.50, $99.50 and $149.50.
Iowa Events Center general manager Chris Connolly called the show the biggest rap performance booked in the 11-year history of Wells Fargo Arena. He said he gets numerous requests, via phone and email, regularly for top-selling artists in the genre.
"For the people who have been asking for an artist like (Drake) ... he’s here now. Drake’s coming," Connolly said. "Those people who have reached out and are interested need to buy tickets and show support."
Connolly said if the show sells well it will "open the door" for more artists of his caliber to appear at the arena.
"Drake’s only going to play so many dates and we were in some stiff competition in the Midwest and Des Moines got it," he said. "We’re just really, really pumped."
With Drake making his inaugural Des Moines appearance, the question bears asking: Will he visit Drake University? The school's already sent the rapper an open invite to visit campus.
"Drake University students have lobbied for years to #BringDrakeToDrake, and we’re eager to welcome this talented singer and songwriter to our hometown," a post on the university's website said.
More information on the show can be found at iowaeventscenter.com.
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