BLOC PARTY TO HEADLINE NME AWARDS TOUR 2016 WITH AUSTIN, TEXAS
· DRENGE, RAT BOY AND BUGZY MALONE TO TAKE TO THE STAGE
· NATIONWIDE TOUR TO TAKE IN 11 VENUES FROM 29 JANUARY – 12 FEBRUARY
· TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-SALE ON WEDNESDAY AT WWW.NME.COM/TICKETS
The NME Awards Tour 2016 with Austin, Texas is gearing up to hit the road with a thrilling line-up headlined by Bloc Party. Joining the bill are Drenge, Rat Boy and Bugzy Malone who will tour the UK to take in 11 cities, kicking off on 29 January atCardiff Great Hall and coming to a close on 12 February atBirmingham O2 Academy. Tickets are available now at nme.com/tickets.
Returning British indie heroes Bloc Party headline the tour,
giving fans the chance to see the band – who headlined Latitude Festival
in 2013 – perform in the most intimate venues they’ll have played for
some time. Alongside old favourites and bona fide classics, Bloc Party
will be performing new songs from their forthcoming album HYMNS – due
for release the day the tour kicks off – for the very first time.
Says Kele: “It
was a big deal for the band when we played the NME tour in 2005, so
we’re really excited to be returning as headliners in 2016. It’s a great
line-up and I’m really looking forward to seeing the other bands, I
can’t wait to get out there.”
Rowdy Sheffield-based bandDrenge, who performed one of Glastonbury’s most
storming sets earlier this year, will bring the full-throttle force of
their second album Undertow to the line-up. Ensuring each night will be a raucous affair is one of indie’s freshest facesRat Boy, who broke on to the scene earlier this year
with his wide-boy rap, fusing punk and hip-hop beats. Completing the
bill is one of 2016’s most hotly-tipped newcomersBugzy Malone, the Manchester artist who is at the forefront of the revival of the UK grime scene.
editor-in-chief of NME, says: “The line-up for the NME Awards Tour 2016
with Austin, Texas is amazing for UK music fans – where else next
February could you see three of the most exciting, game-changing new
artists around, as well as a bona fide festival headliner in such an
The legendaryNME Awards Touris renowned for tipping who will be the next
big thing and has famously featured Arctic Monkeys, The Killers and
Florence + the Machine, before they were performing stadiums.
NME Awards Tour 2016 with Austin, Texas dates in full:
Day Show Date Venue Name
Fri 29 January Cardiff Great Hall
Sat 30 January O2 Guildhall Southampton 023 8063 2601
Mon 01 February O2 Academy Bristol
Tues 02 February Nottingham Rock City
Thurs 04 February O2 Academy Newcastle
Fri 05 February Glasgow Barrowland
Sat 06 February Manchester Academy
Mon 08 February O2 Academy Leeds
Tues 09 February Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thurs 11 February London O2 Academy Brixton
Fri 12 February O2 Academy Birmingham
Visitwww.NME.com/awards for more details.
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Exclusive ticket pre-sale begins at 9am on Wednesday, 4 November atNME.com/tickets. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday 6th November.
Tickets available from:
Maximum four per person.
An SJM Concerts presentation in association with DFand Metropolis Music.
include a 50p donation to Teenage Cancer Trust (Registered Charity
1062559 in England and Wales, SC039757 in Scotland)