NME Awards Tour 2011


The NME Awards Tour is back and for 2011 it’s bolder than ever. Renowned for giving the freshest new acts their first taste of national notoriety – past alumni include The Arctic Monkeys, The Horrors, Franz Ferdinand and Florence & The Machine – 2011’s line-up represents the most exciting, groundbreaking and visceral acts around. The tour kicks off on Thursday February 3rd at Glasgow O2 Academy and crosses the UK until February 19th, featuring Crystal Castles, Magentic Man, Everything Everything & The Vaccines.

NME’s editor Krissi Murison describes the Awards Tour line-up:

“This is the most diverse and exciting NME Awards Tour line-up yet and really reflects the range of music that NME champions every week. From the UK’s best new guitar band to dubstep’s first supergroup, it represents the most cutting edge sounds of 2010 and beyond.”

Magnetic Man, featuring Skream, Benga and scene catalyst Artwork – a holy trinity of Dubstep’s major players responsible for propelling the sound of Croydon bass culture onto the worldwide stage – will be supplying the NME Awards Tour with a sublime live set of spine-shredding sub-bass action. With their eponymous album recently smashing into the official UK Album chart’s top five, Magnetic Man is the consummate supergroup taking electronic music into brand new sonic territory.

Skream (Magnetic Man) on the eclectic bill:

“I think it’s gonna work. It’s kind of a sign of the times. You go to a club night now and you no longer have one-genre crowds, it’s better for everyone and makes it more exciting.”

Ethan Kath (Crystal Castles) said:

“We’re looking forward to it, yeah. We’ve done the Radar tour before [in 2008], so this one will be like a step up for us, especially because we’re headlining. I’m a really big fan of Magnetic Man, so I’m looking forward to seeing them every night.”

It’s a line up that captures the spirit of 2010 and sets the agenda for an explosive forthcoming year of music. Tickets for the NME Awards Tour 2011 will be available  on general release via Gigs and Tours and Ticketmaster on Friday 12th November. All dates are below.

NME Awards Tour Dates 2011:

Thu 03 Feb            Glasgow O2 Academy
Fri 04 Feb            Manchester Academy
Mon 07 Feb            Newcastle O2 Academy
Tue 08 Feb            Nottingham Rock City
Wed 09 Feb            Leeds O2 Academy
Fri 11 Feb            Norwich UEA
Sat 12 Feb            Birmingham O2 Academy
Sun 13 Feb            Cardiff Uni Great Hall
Tue 15 Feb            Bristol O2 Academy
Wed 16 Feb            Bournemouth O2 Academy
Thu 17 Feb            Brighton Dome
Sat 19 Feb            London O2 Academy Brixton