Rapper Coolio includes Ballarat as part of national tour

ONE OF the world’s most popular and successful rappers, Coolio, will perform a special gig in Ballarat as part of his Australian tour.

Coolio will perform at Karova Lounge next month.

Coolio will perform at Karova Lounge next month.

The Grammy award-winning artist, composer and actor, arguably best known for his 90s hit Gangsta’s Paradise, will take to the stage at Karova

Lounge next month before heading to several capital cities, as well as the Gold Coast and Newcastle.

Karova Lounge venue co-ordinator Shaun Adams said the gig announcement had received a great response from local music lovers.

“I think it’s something fun and nostalgic. It has had a great reaction via social media so far and is certain to sell out,” he said.

“At one stage, Coolio was one of the biggest artists in the world, so to actually have him here performing might not sink in until he is on the stage.”

To date, Coolio has sold more than 18 million records globally and has performed in countries including Africa, Israel, Russia, Brazil, Turkey and Europe.

In 2012, he performed as one of the headline acts at the Falls Festival.

The artist has also successfully made the transition from performer to actor, having appeared in many

feature films as well as his recent television series Cooking with Coolio.

Mr Adams said the show highlighted Karova Lounge’s prominent place in the local and national entertainment scene.

“Karova has got a great reputation around Australia, and I think artists more than ever now want to get out of the cities-only touring cycles,” he said.

“I think this year, coming into our 10th birthday, we have had some amazing acts in so many different genres of music ranging from Cosmic Psychos to Coolio, but I think definitely this one will be remembered.”

dellaram.vreeland@fairfaxmedia.com.au

AT A GLANCE

What: Coolio

When: Thursday, July 31, at 8.30pm

Where: Karova Lounge

Tickets: $32 + b/f

Bookings: Regent Cinema, New Generation and Oztix

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