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Foo Fighters to headline NME Awards Big Gig 2011

Foo Fighters

Story by Jack Foley

FOO Fighters will headline the NME Awards Big Gig 2011 at Wembley Arena on Friday, February 25.

The announcement follows the revelation that the band’s lead singer, Dave Grohl, will be the recipient of this year’s Godlike Genius Award.

The gig will be their first arena gig of 2011 and fans will be treated to previously unheard material from the band’s hotly anticipated new studio album as well as past hits.

Commenting on the Godlike Genius Award commemorated by the Foo Fighters’ headline slot on this amazing evening, Dave Grohl said: “I don’t think I’m godlike or a genius. It’s flattering. It’s a nice thing to be acknowledged for doing something you love to do… In truth, I don’t consider it a body of work because I don’t consider it work.”

Joining Foo Fighters for this unique one-night-only event will be Cee Lo Green and South Carolina’s Band of Horses, whose widescreen Americana and commanding standout main stage sets at the likes of Farm Aid, Austin City Limits and more have earned them a devoted and growing fanbase.

Sub Pop alt. rock duo No Age will open the show with a dose of breakneck art-punk.

Tickets for the NME Awards 2011 Big Gig go on sale exclusively from www.nme.com/tickets on Wednesday, January 19 at 9am, before remaining tickets go on general sale on Friday, January 21 at 9am.

Ticket price is £40 (plus booking fee), which includes a free copy of a 100-page special NME Dave Grohl magazine worth £4.99.