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Primal Scream to headline NME Rock ‘N’ Roll Riot Tour (2008)

Primal Scream

Story by Jack Foley

PRIMAL Scream are set to rampage through the UK this winter as headliners of the notoriously anarchic NME Rock ‘N’ Roll Riot Tour!

Starting in Oxford on November 20, Scotland’s favourite sons will be blowing up venues throughout country on their 16-date extravaganza, culminating in a historic homecoming date at Glasgow’s SECC on December 13 and taking in London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

Frontman Bobby Gillespie said: “We’re so happy to be doing this tour because we can rock and we can have a riot. Right now we’re playing better than ever, we’re having a great time, we’re having a ball. When people come to the show they’re really gonna get their money’s worth!”

The tour, which has famously given a leg up to the likes of the Kaiser Chiefs, The Enemy and Razorlight is set to round off an already extraordinary year for the band who played a triumphant headline set at T in the Park last month, giving music lovers a taste of the white knuckle ride they can expect from the forthcoming tour.

Fans were also treated to a taste of new material from the Primal’s ninth studio album, out now on B-Unique.

Beautiful Future, which debuted in the UK top ten this week, was produced by Björn Yttling [Peter, Björn and John] and Paul Epworth (Bloc Party) and features contributions from some of the music world’s most eclectic talent including CSS’s Lovefoxxx and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age)

Conor McNicholas, NME Editor, said: “The NME Rock N Roll Riot Tour has found a killer headliner with Primal Scream. Their classic-laden back catalogue encompasses everything from dancefloor euphoria and Rolling Stones raunch to electronic punk, but it’s the devastating laser-guided pop of their new album Beautiful Future we’re looking forward to most.

“This is shaping up to be an amazing tour. Bobby Gillespie has always described his band’s output as being ‘high energy rock’n’roll’. Come and see just how right he is.”

The 2008 NME Rock’N’Roll Riot Tour dates in full:

20 – Oxford Academy
21 – Cardiff, University
23 – Bristol, Academy
24 – Southampton, Guildhall
25 – Reading, Hexagon
27 – Nottingham, Rock City
28 – London, Hammersmith Apollo
30 – Norwich, UEA

1 – Sheffield, Academy
2 – Brighton, Dome
4 – Birmingham, Academy
5 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
8 – Leeds, Academy
9 – Newcastle, Academy
11 – Manchester, Apollo
13 – Glasgow, SECC

Tickets are available exclusively for 48 hours at www.NME.COM/GIGS from Wednesday, July 30 at 9am.