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NME Awards Tour / January and February 2016

 
By on Wednesday, 4th November 2015 at 9:30 am
 

The NME Awards Tour 2016 has announced alt-rock quartet Bloc Party as its headline act, with support from Sheffield rock duo Drenge, hip-hop punk artist Rat Boy and Manchester grime musician Bugzy Malone.  Bloc Party last played the NME Awards Tour as newcomers to the scene way back in 2005.  Their new LP ‘Hymns’ is due for release on the day the tour begins, and they will be performing some of the new songs live for the very first time at these shows.

As we saw in 2015, the city of Austin, Texas is once again a primary sponsor of the NME Awards Tour 2016.  In addition, all tickets will include a 50p donation to the Teenage Cancer Trust.  Tickets for the following shows will be available for general sale this Friday, the 6th of November 2015.

Friday 29th January 2016 – Cardiff Great Hall
Saturday 30th January 2016 – Southampton Guildhall
Monday 1st February 2016 – Bristol Academy
Tuesday 2nd February 2016 – Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 4th February 2016 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 5th February 2016 – Glasgow Barrowland
Saturday 6th February 2016 – Manchester Academy
Monday 8th February 2016 – Leeds Academy
Tuesday 9th February 2016 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thursday 11th February 2016 – London Brixton Academy
Friday 12th February 2016 – Birmingham Academy

 

NME Awards Tour / February and March 2015

 
By on Wednesday, 14th January 2015 at 9:00 am
 

London rock quartet Palma Violets are set to headline the 2015 NME Awards Tour beginning next month in Sheffield, following the official NME Awards Ceremony on the 18th of February. Palma Violets played one of the tour’s coveted support slots back in 2013, the same year they won the award for Best New Band (read Martin’s live review here.)

Support slots this year will be filled by Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads, and Slaves. Speaking to NME about his tour companions, Palma Violets bassist Chilli Jesson said, “I think this will go down as one of the greatest package tours that NME has had. I’m really excited to be going on tour with bands I really respect and listen to in my own time. Amazing Snakeheads are the best live band I saw all last year and last time I saw Fat White Family they made the place absolutely light up. They’re bands that are giving everything.”

Officially billed as “the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas”, both the award and the tour count the host city for SXSW 2015 as a primary partner. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Thursday 19th February 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Friday 20th February 2015 – Leeds Academy
Saturday 21st February 2015 – Newcastle Academy
Sunday 22nd February 2015 – Glasgow ABC
Tuesday 24th February 2015 – Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 26th February 2015 – Manchester Ritz
Friday 27th February 2015 – Oxford Academy
Saturday 28th February 2015 – Birmingham Institute
Monday 2nd March 2015 – Bristol Academy
Tuesday 3rd March 2015 – Portsmouth Pyramid
Wednesday 4th March 2015 – London Forum

 

Live Gig Video: The Cribs perform ‘Mirror Kisses’ at the 2013 NME Awards

 
By on Monday, 4th March 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Last Wednesday night were the 2013 NME Awards at London’s Troxy, and NME has offered up this live clip of the Cribs performing ‘Mirror Kisses’ on the night. Watch it below.

The band’s new singles compilation ‘Payola’, as well as a deluxe version with an additional 18 tracks of B-sides and rarities, is now available from Wichita Recordings.

 

Live Review: NME Awards Tour featuring Django Django, Miles Kane, Palma Violets and Peace at Newcastle Academy – 7th February 2013

 
By on Wednesday, 13th February 2013 at 2:00 pm
 

The NME Awards Tour is a long-established way to kick off the musical year with a quartet of bands that gathered plaudits in the preceding months. This year, we have Brummie style from Peace, noisy London shenanigans from Palma Violets, Liverpudlian swagger from Miles Kane, and sort-of-Scottish art-pop from Django Django. Surely something for everyone, and TGTF was there in Newcastle on opening night to see how things went down.

Peace NME Awards 2013

One’s heart goes out to Peace: their set began just as the Academy’s doors were opening, meaning the crowd was more stunted than they deserve. Nevertheless, there were whoops and hollers aplenty from a knot of dedicated fans right down the front. And any plaudits coming their way are well-deserved. Peace have a knack of honing in on any particular guitar music sound from the last couple of decades, and brilliantly recreating it as their own. ‘Follow Baby’ is a fine bit of pop-baggy last heard from EMF in the very early ‘90s. ‘Wraith’, shorn of its dubious blaxsploitation visuals is altogether more considered, with its funky guitar chops and enormous singalong chorus revealing a fine almost-love song.

But where Peace really sound most at home is in the unashamed power ballad ‘California Daze’. Sweet, sweeping backing vocals melt into a gentle guitar figure, the drums kick things up a gear about 90 seconds in, and the emotion is unashamed. A true lighters-in-the-air moment, which shows their maturity as songwriters and talent as performers. Perhaps for my sins, in the widescreen guitars and breadth of scope, I was reminded of a young U2. Peace deserve the latter band’s wider recognition, and tonight is a decent step towards achieving that.

Palma Violets
(pictured at top) eschew subtlety in favour of noise, wild abandon, and onstage theatricality. Their sound owes a lot to punk – I’m sure there’s one or two Sex Pistols and Clash records in Sam Fryer’s parents’ record collection. Vocals are artfully tweaked out of tune, instrumentation is simple: a synth organ parping underneath distorted guitars. Fryer and bassist Chilli Jesson have a sweaty bromance going on, mic stands intimately close together, double-headed guitar action never far away. Certainly this is raucous, powerful stuff live, artfully lo-fi (as per the obvious and unnecessary tape noise on their recorded material). Are they the true heirs to the art-punk throne? Until their forthcoming album is properly analysed for the presence of decent songs, the jury is still out, but they’re certainly a fun way to spend half an hour.

Miles Kane NME Awards 2013

As Miles Kane takes the stage, it becomes pretty clear that the crowd is his. Perhaps this is because, as his Wikipedia entry states, he is “very attractive”, or perhaps it’s the glint of his diamanté slippers that prove irresistible. Whatever the cause, the audience are big Kane fans, and he doesn’t disappoint them. Having been in bands since the age of 18, Kane knows a thing or two about throwing an onstage shape – for any young trainee frontmen watching, this was a masterclass in the art of swagger. Kane knows this is his big chance, and has got his pedal pressed hard to the floor. Imagine Liam Gallagher’s vocal sneer, his brother’s guitar technique, Alex Turner’s way with a tune, and Paul Weller’s haircut, and we have Miles Kane – a patchwork dadrock man in leather trousers.

But then again, there’s a big hole right now where all the big beasts used to prowl. So step forward Miles Kane, a pseudo-tribute to them all, to keep the guitar-loving public downloading content for the time being. The fact is, most people know what they like, and like what they know, and what they know is what Miles Kane is offering. If that sounds like damning with faint praise, it isn’t really. Kane is 100% professional, committed, and no box in the rock playbook is left unticked tonight. And, cynicism aside, that’s not an easy feat to pull off.

Django Django NME Awards 2013

And so it’s left to Django Django to top that. And frankly, it’s a little too much of a jarring contrast to really work well, as the Djangos’ artful and considered musings requiring a little too much concentration in comparison with Kane’s balls-to-the-wall rock. Most of the crowd do stick around, although the atmosphere is noticeably more subdued than previously. Perhaps this is all the better to hear the subtleties in the music, of which their multi-layered arrangements are full. There’s the echo of The Beta Band throughout, which can only be a good thing. To their own audience, with the correct support, Django Django would make a lot more sense. As it is, they are a little too cerebral for the headline slot here tonight. Perhaps a less fickle crowd might await them in other parts of the country…

Overall, this is five-star entertainment: four set of deeply professional musicians, playing somewhere around the top of their game. If you want to find out about new bands before everyone else, this is not the event for you. If you’ve not been paying attention over the last 12 months or so, or just can’t be bothered to keep up, a quick trip to the NME Tour every winter should get you right up to speed with where pop music is right now. That would be a pretty good place, then.

 

Video of the Moment #1103: Miles Kane

 
By on Saturday, 26th January 2013 at 6:04 pm
 

Miles Kane‘s newest video for ‘Give Up’ is a visual with Kane banging on his guitar on a stage, with a woman writhing on a video behind him (disturbing, at least to me; it’s garnering great response from the male commentators of YouTube, though). With blistering audio, it’s worth watching if only for the music. Catch it below.

‘Give Up’ will be released as a single on the 24th of February digitally as a 4-track EP via iTunes, with a limited edition 7″ vinyl format available on the 25th. The song will feature on Kane’s second album, due out later this year. Kane and his band support NME Awards tour headliner Django Django starting the 7th of February in Newcastle, but they have two headline dates of their own in Wrexham and Reading on the 4th and 5th February, respectively (unfortunately, both of those dates are sold out).

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiMXaM5um6I[/youtube]

Monday 4th February 2013 – Wrexham Central Station (sold out)
Tuesday 5th February 2013 – Reading Sub89 (sold out)
Thursday 7th February 2013 – Newcastle Academy *
Friday 8th February 2013 – Manchester Academy*
Saturday 9th February 2013 – Leeds Academy *
Monday 11th February 2013 – Glasgow Academy *
Tuesday 12th February 2013 – Nottingham Rock City *
Wednesday13th February 2013 – Liverpool Academy*
Friday 15th February 2013 – Norwich UEA*
Saturday 16th February 2013 – Birmingham Academy*
Sunday 17th February 2013 – Cardiff Uni Great Hall *
Tuesday 19th February 2013 – Bristol Academy*
Wednesday 20th February 2013 – Bournemouth Academy *
Thursday 21st February 2013 – Brighton Dome *
Sunday 23rd February 2013 – London Brixton Academy*

 

Kodaline / February 2013 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 11th December 2012 at 4:15 pm
 

BBC Sound of 2013 and MTV Brand New in 2013 entrants Kodaline will be touring the UK in February 2013. Grab your tickets to their tour now. They’ve also just released a new video for their cover of LCD Soundsystem‘s ‘All My Friends’ (watch it after the tour date list).

Kodaline’s debut album ‘In a Perfect World’ drops on the 18th of March 2013; it is preceded by the ‘High Hopes’ EP, out on the 11th.

Thursday 7th February –2013 – York Fibbers
Friday 8th February –2013 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Saturday 9th February 2013 -– Coventry Kasbah
Monday 11th February 2013 -– Brighton Green Door Store
Tuesday 12th February –2013 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Wednesday 13th February 2013 -– Oxford Jericho Tavern
Thursday 14th February –2013 – London Camden Dingwalls (NME Awards show)

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