A KEIGHLEY rap star is enjoying huge success across the UK – and is set to feature at a festival in New York.

Islam Hussain, aka Issy, has performed at over 20 events this year.

He was approached – through his father and manager Saby Khan, an award-winning media consultant – by organisers of high-profile gigs including Middlesbrough Jam Festival and Manchester Mela.

“I am delighted that organisers of large festivals are listening to my music – in which I rap about social and political issues affecting young people nowadays,” says Issy, a former pupil of South Craven School at Cross Hills.

“There were over 10,000 people at Middlesbrough and more than 50,000 at Manchester Mela. It has been a huge experience for me.

“This year I’ve only released a few tracks, but I’ve been invited to perform at a lot of events.

“Also, I’ve been approached by Action Alan – a New York-based music event organiser – who wants me to headline at an upstate New York festival.

“I’m juggling my university studies with my passion for music – and getting help and support from my father.”

Earlier this year, Issy was chosen to headline a top BBC Radio1Xtra concert.

He said he was “surprised but delighted” to be selected by promoters to head-up the North East Love and Music event with Radio 1 DJ Seani B.