The Northampton rapper follows in the footsteps of previous winners including Dave, Loyle Carner, Little Simz, and Wolf Alice. According to recent Music Week research, he was the most-tipped new act for 2019.
Slowthai said: "For the live shows, I just want to expand on what we've already done. This year I want to give people the time to reflect and see that they're the only person they should put on a pedestal and they're the only person they should idolise. I've gotta get a mirror that shows the whole crowd themselves."
Slowthai is a great example of how live music can be so powerful
Jason Edwards, Dice
Octavian, Rina Sawayama, Ezra Collective, Rosalía, Tierra Whack, and Marie Davidson were nominated alongside Slowthai for the award. An industry panel featuring representatives of Dice, Noisey, Gal-dem, Beats 1 and Spotify selected the winner.
Dice head of music Jason Edwards said: “Slowthai is a great example of how live music can be so powerful. Fans can stream his tracks and watch his (amazing) videos but it’s impossible to get a sense of an artist like this until you’ve experienced them in the sweaty, loud, chaotic flesh. I saw him play The Underworld last year and was blown away, I can’t wait to see more in 2019.”
Slowthai plays the following UK dates:
26 SWG3 Glasgow
27 O2 Institute Birmingham
28 O2 Ritz, Manchester
29 SWX, Bristol
31 Concorde 2, Brighton
1 York Hall, London