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Story by Jack Foley

THE notorious ShockWaves NME Awards Tours have always rocked but this year there’s going to be a whole lot of raving going on too.

For the first time, NME will simultaneously stage a 15-date ShockWaves NME Awards Indie Rave tour as well as the 17-date Indie Rock tour.

The Automatic (pictured) will head up the indie camp and will be joined by The View, The Horrors and Mumm-Ra. This will kick off on January 29 at Belfast Ulster Hall before concluding in London on February 23. Tickets are on sale now and 50p from every one sold will go to global-warming initiative Global Cool.

The Klaxons, meanwhile, will take to the stage at Dublin Ambassadors on February 3, 2007, to headline the ShockWaves NME Awards Indie Rave tour. They will be joined by CSS, Sunshine Underground and New Young Pony Club.

The ShockWaves NME Awards Tours have become a legendary starting block for bands on the road to greatness. Last year, Arctic Monkeys were booked when they were mere unknowns, but went on to become one of the biggest and most critically acclaimed bands of the year.

Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers and Kaiser Chiefs have also cut their rock teeth on the ShockWaves NME Awards Tours.

NME Editor Conor McNicholas commented: “In previous years, the tour has always sold out incredibly quickly leaving some fans disappointed so this year we wanted to do something really special – give fans double the bands and double the tour.

“In fact, there are so many great bands on the scene at the moment we’d never have been able to get it down to four anyway.”

Welsh rockers The Automatic have swiftly risen to fame since the release of their No.1 smash hit single Monster followed by their debut album Not Accepted Anywhere.

The Automatic lead singer Rob Hawkins said: “It’s really nice to pull off a headline slot on a prestigious tour. What I like about this tour is that it gives exposure to bands and that’s a really good thing.”

The View, meanwhile, are a feisty Scottish four piece who have yet to release their debut album, which has been produced by legendary Verve and Oasis producer, Owen Morris.

And quirky foursome The Horrors will add the hair-raising element to the indie rock proceedings! The ghoulish-looking rockers from Southend hit the headlines with controversial debut single Sheena Is A Parasite and have just released second single Count In Five.

ShockWaves NME Awards Tours 2007 dates in full

The Indie Rock Tour
January 2007
29 – Belfast Ulster Hall
30 – Dublin Ambassadors

February
1 – Glasgow Carling Academy
3 – Manchester Academy
6 – Newcastle Carling Academy
7 – Birmingham Carling Academy
8 – Norwich UEA
10 – Cardiff University
11 – Sheffield Octagon
12 – Reading Hexagon
14 – Nottingham Rock City
15 – Liverpool University
16 – Southampton Guildhall
18 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
19 – Exeter University
20 – Bristol Carling Academy
23 – London Brixton Carling Academy

Indie Rave Tour
February
3 – Dublin Ambassadors
4 – Belfast Mandela Hall
6 – Glasgow Barrowlands
7 – Leeds Metropolitan University
8 – Newcastle University
11 – Cardiff University Solus
12 – Wolves Wulfrun Hall
13 – Oxford Brookes University
14 – Bristol Carling Academy
16 – Liverpool Carling Academy
17 – Manchester Academy 1
18 – Sheffield Plug
20 – Portsmouth Pyramids
21 – Cambridge Junction
22 – London Hammersmith Palais