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The NME Awards Tour 2011: Everything Everything and Magnetic Man on bill

NME Awards 2011 Tour

Story by Jack Foley

THE NME Awards Tour is back in 2011 with a line-up that includes Everything Everything, Crystal Castles and Magnetic Man.

Kicking off on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at Glasgow O2 Academy and crossing the UK until February 19 (with a night at London’s Brixton Academy), the NME Awards Tour aims to bring the very best new music directly to a town near you.

Commenting on this year’s line-up, NME’s editor Krissi Murison describes said: “This is the most diverse and exciting NME Awards Tour line-up yet and really reflects the range of music that NME champions every week. From the UK’s best new guitar band to dubstep’s first supergroup, it represents the most cutting edge sounds of 2010 and beyond.”

Ethan Kath and Alice Glass, aka Crystal Castles, take pole position, headlining the NME Awards Tour 2011.

Among the hottest new bands of the moment, they’ve already racked up well over 75 million plays across myspace and lastfm. Imbuing synth sounds with the rawest rock ‘n’ roll spirit their live shows are described as a startling mix of measured chaos and magic, revolving around Alice’s helter-skelter stage antics.

Their latest single, Not In Love, features former NME Godlike Genius Robert Smith.

Magnetic Man, featuring Skream, Benga and scene catalyst Artwork – a holy trinity of Dubstep’s major players responsible for propelling the sound of Croydon bass culture onto the worldwide stage – will be supplying the NME Awards Tour with a sublime live set of spine-shredding sub-bass action.

Commenting on their inclusion among this year’s eclectic line-up, Skream (Magnetic Man) said: “I think it’s gonna work. It’s kind of a sign of the times. You go to a club night now and you no longer have one-genre crowds, it’s better for everyone and makes it more exciting.”

Art-pop purveyors Everything Everything arrive on the tour off the back of a critically-lauded debut album.

They commented: “It’s quite an honour to be invited to do this. And, frankly, we’re daunted at playing alongside the might of Magnetic Man particularly. But I think all the acts will bring out the best in each other in that respect. We’re excited and inspired and it’s going to be a grand thing man… “

And The Vaccines, who release their debut double A-sided single, Wrekin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)/Blow It Up in late November, have bagged the coveted opening slot for the NME Awards Tour 2011.

Currently recording their debut album, due in spring of next year, this will be the first opportunity to check out one of the most hotly tipped bands for 2011.

Tickets for the NME Awards Tour 2011 will be available on Pre-sale exclusively through from 9am on Wednesday, November 10, before going on general release on Friday, November 12.

The NME Awards Tour Dates 2011 are (all February 2011):

3 – Glasgow O2 Academy
4 – Manchester Academy
7 – Newcastle O2 Academy
8 – Nottingham Rock City
9 – Leeds O2 Academy
11 – Norwich UEA
12 – Birmingham O2 Academy
13 – Cardiff Uni Great Hall
15 – Bristol O2 Academy
16 – Bournemouth O2 Academy
17 – Brighton Dome
19 – London O2 Academy Brixton

Tickets are priced at £16 each plus a 50p charity donation to Teenage Cancer Trust. (Prices are subject to booking fees).