Common, Bubba, Kenna On Inaugural You Hear It First Tour

Anthony Hamilton, Jin, Exies, Fiction Plane also onboard for two-part trek.

Common and Bubba Sparxxx are teaming up with up-and-comers Kenna, Anthony Hamilton, Jin, the Exies and Fiction Plane to take the emerging artist showcase You Hear It First on the road.

The artists, most of whom have been featured as part of MTV News’ weekly new-artist series, have signed on for the first MTV You Hear It First Tour. The trek’s rock leg — featuring sets from Kenna, the Exies and Fiction Plane — will kick off July 15 at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California. An urban leg — featuring Bubba Sparxxx, Common, Anthony Hamilton and Jin — gets rolling on July 27 in New York.

Since its launch in early 2000, the YHIF franchise has spotlighted a steady stream of artists who were relatively unknown at the time, including Sean Paul, T.A.T.U., the Vines, Ms. Dynamite, Rooney, the Mooney Suzuki, the Distillers and others. Bubba Sparxxx , the Exies , Fiction Plane , Anthony Hamilton and Jin are all YHIF alums.

Here’s how the MTV You Hear It First Tour breaks down:

Kenna, the Exies and Fiction Plane


  • 7/15 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
  • 7/18 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
  • 7/21 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

Common, Anthony Hamilton, Bubba Sparxxx and Jin


  • 7/27 – New York, NY @ B.B. Kings
  • 7/28 – Washington, DC @ 930 Club
  • 7/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadaro
  • 7/30 – Boston, MA @ Roxy

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