After missing out Liverpool several times in recent years The NME Tour returns with a tasty line up.
Django Django are to headline the NME Awards Tour returning to Liverpool’s O2 Academy on February 13 2013.
Yup, this is good news for Merseyside music lovers as The NME Tour marks one of the big gigs in the student calender yet has skipped Liverpool out in recent years.
Famed for it’s early doors start, the Tour regularly sees thousands of students snaking up Lime Street or down University road, eager to catch the act first on the bill which is often tipped as the ‘next big thing.’
Past years have seen the likes of Florence And The Machine, Franz Ferdinand, The Chris Martin Band, The Coral, The Mystery Jets, The Drums, The Vaccines and most recently Azealia Banks all open the show with blink-and-you-miss it sets.
Some of our favourite memories involve a cracking headline set from Shack peppered with tracks from HMS Fable in 2000, glorious sets from Alfie and JJ72 in support of the bizarre headline choice of Amen in 2001 and an impossibly ace Brazilian Samba band-infused Friendly Fires ripping it up at the University in 2009.
But best of all was the diverse brilliance of the 2003 Tour which captured the insanity of The Polyphonic Spree, The Datsuns, Interpol and The Thrills – four bands all revelling in majestic debut albums.
Oh, and perhaps the best headliner of them all – Andrew WK (blood and all) smashing it up leaving a very confused looking Lostprophets in 2002.
Next year, the Mercury Prize nominated Djangos join scouser Miles Kane, Liverpool Psychedelia Festival favourites Palma Violets and rockers Peace.
‘It’s a massive deal for us to be headlining,’ cooed Django Django‘s Dave MacLean. ‘I was looking back at the bands who’ve played it in the past and it seems like everybody has. By February, we’ll have a bunch of new songs written too, so we’re looking to add at least one to the set – and possibly a cover.‘
The NME Awards Tour 2013 will visit:
Newcastle O2 Academy (February 7)
Manchester Academy 1 (8)
Leeds O2 Academy (9)
Glasgow O2 Academy (11)
Nottingham Rock City (12)
Liverpool O2 Academy (13)
Norwich UEA (15)
Birmingham O2 Academy (16)
Cardiff Uni Great Hall (17)
Bristol O2 Academy (19)
Bournemouth O2 Academy (20)
Brighton Dome (21)
London O2 Brixton Academy (23)
Tickets are on sale on Friday, November 30, at 9am.
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