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Wolf Gang + S.C.U.M. / October 2011 NME Radar UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 31st August 2011 at 9:00 am

The Emerge NME Radar Tour in October will see two great bands – Max McElligott and his Wolf Gang (pictured above) and S.C.U.M – play gigs across the UK. Support will come from Stockholm duo Niki and the Dove (2-12 October) and Brisbane, Australia thrashpoppers DZ Deathrays (13-18 October). Tickets are available now.

Sunday 2nd October 2011 – Exeter Phoenix (with Niki and the Dove)
Monday 3rd October 2011 – Bristol Thekla (with Niki and the Dove)
Tuesday 4th October 2011 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (with Niki and the Dove)
Wednesday 5th October 2011 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms (with Niki and the Dove)
Friday 7th October 2011 – Birmingham O2 Academy (with Niki and the Dove)
Saturday 8th October 2011 – Manchester Club Academy (with Niki and the Dove)
Sunday 9th October 2011 – Newcastle O2 Academy 2 (with Niki and the Dove)
Monday 10th October 2011 – Glasgow King Tuts (with Niki and the Dove)
Wednesday 12th October 2011 – Leeds Cockpit (with Niki and the Dove)
Thursday 13th October 2011 – Norwich Waterfront (with DZ Deathrays)
Friday 14th October 2011 – Oxford O2 Academy 2 (with DZ Deathrays)
Sunday 16th October 2011 – Stoke Sugarmill (with DZ Deathrays)
Monday 17th October 2011 – Brighton Concorde 2 (with DZ Deathrays)
Tuesday 18th October 2011 – London Koko (with DZ Deathrays)


Live Review: NME Big Gig Featuring Foo Fighters, Cee Lo Green, Band of Horses and No Age @ London Wembley Arena – 25th February 2011

By on Tuesday, 1st March 2011 at 2:00 pm

Words by John Fernandez

This NME Big Gig at London’s Wembley Arena may have been billed as a concert headlined by Foo Fighters (pictured above) and supported by Cee Lo Green, Band of Horses and No Age, but that night it was all about Dave Grohl. Godlike Genius Dave Grohl. Only 2 days after Grohl received his award at the NME Awards he was back doing what he does best, rocking arenas with choruses the size of skyscrapers and riffs galore.

The night was opened by Los Angeles trio No Age. Sadly, the less said about this band the better. It was hard that evening to see the appeal of this band; maybe it was the fact that the sound wasn’t great for the first band of the evening, but the crowd (myself included) failed to find any connection with the indie newcomers. For a lot of their relatively short set it was hard to distinguish why there was any need for a third member of the band, as the synths were inaudible over the incessant drums and screeching guitar. However, they are a young band and are relatively impressive on record, so maybe with time their sound may mature. Sadly though, it was just not their night.

Following on from No Age were Seattle 5-piece Band of Horses, a band who, despite being in an unfamiliar arena setting, managed to deliver a fantastic set. With tunes like ‘The Great Salt Lake’ and ‘The Funeral’, Band of Horses definitely proved there were big things to come from them in the future.

The task of truly warming up for Foo Fighters came down to one man, Cee Lo Green. Coming on to a spoken intro from his album ‘The Ladykiller’ (reviewed on TGTF here), Cee Lo immediately owned the arena; all eyes were on him and he knew it. He had noticeably ‘rocked up’ for this gigs coming onstage in a Ramones t-Shirt and leather jacket. After the intro, he burst into a short set which included Gnarls Barkley hits ‘Crazy’ and ‘Smiley Faces’. Set closer ‘F**k You’ was given a rock edge for the night’s performance as it was played to the riff of the Clash’s ‘Rock the Casbah’.

It was 9 o’clock by the time that the thunderous roar of ‘Burning Bridges’ off the Foo’s forthcoming, yet-unreleased record ‘Wasting Light’ tore through Wembley Arena. Starting with a new song, let alone an unreleased song that people have only heard 30 seconds of, was a bold move. But such is the adoration held towards the ex-Nirvana sticks-man that nobody seemed to care. And who can blame them? The man oozes charm and confidence even when he is screaming behind a microphone.

Four new songs from the new LP were given their first arena outing that evening, including first single ‘Rope’ (reviewed by Luke last week), Valentine’s Day teaser ‘White Limo’ (video here) and arguably the catchiest of the four, ‘These Days’. All 4 songs were met with adoration from the crowd, but as you would expect from a band that could easily release two greatest hits albums, it was the older songs that got better reception. ‘All My Life’ and set closer ‘Best of You’ arguably evoked the best crowd reaction as expected. But for me, the highlight of the night had to be first ever Foo single ‘This is a Call’. That said, throughout the gig there were numerous high points, one being a change over in the reigns with drummer Taylor Hawkins taking over lead vocal duties for ‘Cold Day in the sun’.

By the end of the gig, it was easy to tell it wasn’t just the crowd that was loving this. No, the smile on Dave Grohl’s face showed enough that he is back doing what he loves. Playing big tunes to a lot of people with his band. Summer festivals and their July gigs at Milton Keynes await.


Live Review: NME Shockwaves Tour Featuring Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, Everything Everything and the Vaccines at Norwich UEA – 11th February 2011

By on Monday, 21st February 2011 at 2:00 pm

Words by Natalie Stas

This year’s NME tour showed a refreshing move away from the guitar anthems of last years purist indie-rock, leaving avid gig-goers not knowing what to expect from the seemingly miss-matched line up. The all-encompassing mix began with surf pop from the Vaccines, followed by the energetic buzzing beats of Everything Everything, who effortlessly built the crowd for heavyweight electronic giants Magnetic Man and euphoric headliners Crystal Castles (pictured above).

Show opener the Vaccines entered the stage with subdued presence and blasted through an indeterminate set of bothersome tracks, with no particular highlights other than the slight feel-good-factor of upcoming album track ‘Blow it Up’. With a beige attitude to performance, muted dynamics and a string of endless rambling lyrics, it was clear why their sound has previously been described as ‘gap year music’. It almost seemed ironic that the Vaccines were representing new music of 2011.

The crowd waited eagerly for the upbeat indie funk of Manchester’s latest talent Everything Everything to lift spirits and ignite belief in all things NME. Fully clad in matching boiler suits, the band grabbed attention immediately with their sharp appearance, and had the harmonies to match. The crowd finally started singing along to endearing whistling of ‘Schoolin’ and danced to the popular ‘Photoshop Handsome’. But perhaps influenced by their nonsensical choice of costume, the band seemed to plough through the set in a blue-collar fashion – steady with no particular highlights, but predictably entertaining throughout.

Dubstep trio Magnetic Man were next to perform, and having spent most of last year basking in critical acclaim, the crowd were fully in expectation of something spectacular. And truly spectacular it was. Blasting straight into their set with the infamous ‘MAD’, the crowd combusted to dubstep at its most infectious. This tune will no doubt be the soundtrack to many a festival this summer. Benga, Skream, Artwork and MC Sgt. Pokes are known to produce dubstep at every end of the spectrum, and it was hard to anticipate where they would take the set after this. But the electric excitement of chart favourites ‘I Need Air’ drilled a tangible aggression into the crowd as mosh pits become frantic with the rapture. As Skream’s surreal experimental electronica took hold with the pneumatic sounds of ‘Anthemic’ and enchanting strings of ‘Flying in Tokyo’, it all seemed to make perfect sense.

The crowd clawed their air as new-retro duo Crystal Castles entered the stage. Alice Glass (despite being on crutches) adopted her awkwardly stylish posture whilst Kath remained the hooded figure in the shadows – both moods blurring into strobe-lit, perfectly crafted electronica. Glass, full of her trademark guttural rage, barked her way though through crowd favourite ‘Crimewave’ and onto a similarly elated ‘Baptism’ but peaked as the electro-clash of fizzing synths and live drum beats radiated through the hypnotic ‘Empathy’. Their fusion of euphoria and ferocity made for compelling viewing, thankfully offering everyone the raw, frenzied ending to the night they had hoped for.


NME Awards Tour / February 2011

By on Tuesday, 9th November 2010 at 8:50 pm

The line-up for the NME Awards Tour 2011 have been announced. The tour starts up in February 2011 and will feature Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, Everything Everything (pictured above) and the Vaccines. NME presale starts at 9 AM GMT tomorrow (Wednesday 10 November), with regular tickets on sale Friday (12 November) at 9 AM. The tour will call at:

Thursday 3rd February 2010 – Glasgow O2 Academy
Friday 4th February 2010 – Manchester Academy
Monday 7th February 2010 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Tuesday 8th February 2010 – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday 9th February 2010 – Leeds O2 Academy
Friday 11th February 2010 – Norwich UEA
Saturday 12th February 2010 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Sunday 13th February 2010 – Cardiff University Great Hall
Tuesday 15th February 2010 – Bristol O2 Academy
Wednesday 16th February 2010 – Bournemouth O2 Academy
Thursday 17th February 2010 – Brighton Dome
Saturday 19th February 2010 – London O2 Academy Brixton


The Joy Formidable + Chapel Club / September and October NME Radar Tour

By on Tuesday, 6th July 2010 at 10:30 am

Heading out for the second outing of 2010, the Emerge NME Radar Tour will feature both The Joy Formidable and Chapel Club hitting the road for a series of pretty ace shows.

Tickets are on sale now and you catch the pair of hotly tipped 2010 bands at:

Monday 27th September 2010 – Birmingham Academy 2
Tuesday 28th September 2010 – Norwich Waterfront
Thursday 30th September 2010 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Friday 1st October 2010 – Glasgow King Tuts
Saturday 2nd October 2010 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Monday 4th October 2010 – Manchester Academy 3
Tuesday 5th October 2010 – O2 Academy Newcastle 2
Wednesday 6th October 2010 – Leeds Cockpit
Thursday 7th October 2010 – Stoke Sugarmill
Friday 8th October 2010 – Cardiff Millennium Music Hall
Sunday 10th October 2010 – O2 Academy Oxford 2
Monday 11th October 2010 – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 13th October 2010 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 14th October 2010 – London Koko


Live Review: NME Radar tour with Darwin Deez, Everything Everything and Hurts

By on Wednesday, 5th May 2010 at 11:54 pm

NME Radar tours always have a lineup of amazing bands –La Roux, Friendly Fires and Marina and the Diamonds have all traipsed around the country plying their trade in their formative days. This month, Hurts, Everything Everything and Darwin Deez are joining together in one happy (but rather mismatched) musical family to head up 2010’s NME Radar tour, which I caught at Bristol’s Thekla tonight.

As I arrived, Bristol’s very own Out Like A Lion were finishing off their set to a rather tepid response and awkward banter (“well, this, is, erm, nice…”). As they exited the stage the boat began to fill up with a throng of Darwin Deez Obsessives. After listening to his debut album, I kinda liked him, but wasn’t a huge fan. The live Darwin Deeez experience however pisses all over the album. Exuberant, crazy and a lot of fun barely covers it. On paper, it shouldn’t have worked on an NME tour: dance routines to Bart Simpson’s Do The Bartman, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” and Miike Snow’s Animal? Having a “shared” band apple that they all took turns to eat out of? Errrrrrr?! Well, honestly nothing I write will be able to persuade you of the fun we had, the exuberance and entertainment Darwin Deeez offered. Make sure you see them live if you get a chance – utterly enthralling, really quite good.

From them to Everything Everything was quite a jump – We named Everything Everything one of our 10 for 2010, as a great rising talent. Sure, they’ve got some tunes, but live they lacked the sheer fun of Darwin Deez and didn’t manage to thrill the crowd as much.

Finally, time for Hurts. I was sceptical of them headlining the tour after only playing two UK shows and a handful of YouTube videos. However, in all honesty they completely ruled the show. None of the boyish “we’ll-do-what-the-hell-we-like-‘cos-we’re-having-fun” of Deez, they were incredibly aloof and self confident for a band with not much in the way of released material to their name. However, after the opening duo of “Silver Lining” and “Wonderful Life” (incidentally a song written all about Bristol, and the only song that inspired a pre-song introduction), there was no doubting that Hurts are the real deal. 80’s synths ahoy, they’re never going to win prizes for “most entertaining” band or suchlike, but they do have some amazing pop tunes that I wouldn’t be surprised if they overtake our airwaves this autumn. By the end of their set any qualms I had about them headlining this early in their career were firmly quashed.

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