The NME Awards Tour 2016 are to be headlined by Bloc Party.
Joining the bill are Drenge, Rat Boy and Bugzy Malone who will tour the UK to take in 11 cities, kicking off on 29 January at Cardiff Great Hall and coming to a close on 12 February at Birmingham O2 Academy. Tickets are available now at nme.com/tickets.
Returning British indie heroes Bloc Party headline the tour, giving fans the chance to see the band - who headlined Latitude Festival in 2013 - perform in the most intimate venues they’ll have played for some time. Alongside old favourites and bona fide classics, Bloc Party will be performing new songs from their forthcoming album HYMNS - due for release the day the tour kicks off - for the very first time.
Says Kele: "It was a big deal for the band when we played the NME tour in 2005, so we're really excited to be returning as headliners in 2016. It's a great line-up and I’m really looking forward to seeing the other bands, I can’t wait to get out there."
Rowdy Sheffield-based band Drenge, who performed one of Glastonbury's most storming sets earlier this year, will bring the full-throttle force of their second album Undertow to the line-up. Ensuring each night will be a raucous affair is one of indie's freshest faces Rat Boy, who broke on to the scene earlier this year with his wide-boy rap, fusing punk and hip-hop beats. Completing the bill is one of 2016's most hotly-tipped newcomers Bugzy Malone, the Manchester artist who is at the forefront of the revival of the UK grime scene.
The legendary NME Awards Tour is renowned for tipping who will be the next big thing and has famously featured Arctic Monkeys, The Killers and Florence + the Machine, before they were performing stadiums.
NME Awards Tour 2016 with Austin, Texas dates in full:
Day Show Date Venue Name
Fri 29 January Cardiff Great Hall
Sat 30 January O2 Guildhall Southampton
Mon 01 February O2 Academy Bristol
Tues 02 February Nottingham Rock City
Thurs 04 February O2 Academy Newcastle
Fri 05 February Glasgow Barrowland
Sat 06 February Manchester Academy
Mon 08 February O2 Academy Leeds
Tues 09 February Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thurs 11 February London O2 Academy Brixton
Fri 12 February O2 Academy Birmingham
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday 6th November.