The legendary Apollo Theater in New York’s Harlem will host Drake, probably the biggest rapper in the world, for a special performance that will be broadcast on SiriusXM, Drake and the network announced on Tuesday. The artist’s performance in the 1,500-person venue is an uncommon club appearance.
The show’s details were sparse — “Drake will perform at the world-famous Apollo Theater in New York. The exclusive SiriusXM concert marks the first time that Drake will perform at the iconic theater,” reads the notice — although the performance will be the most recent in a string of exclusive, small-scale events the network has hosted at the venerable location.
The network has previously included performances by U2, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Pitbull, and earlier this year, Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This event, however, will be one of the first times a rapper will be featured on the program.
Artists frequently perform unique, customized sets while anticipating that the set would be televised to ardent followers. Three songs from their 1980 debut album opened U2’s performance, which was entirely different from the set they performed on their stadium tour. Lady Gaga performed a shortened, hit-filled version of her Las Vegas setlist, which virtually eliminated all of the slow songs and was a nearly overwhelming dance set.