Interpol, Temples, Royal Blood and Circa Waves head up this year’s tour which kickstarted in Glasgow on March 18th.
The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, Florence and the Machine, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Vaccines and Two Door Cinema Club. All these bands are have had chart success, toured the world and either played or headlined the biggest festivals. What do they all have in common? That their careers began or evolved as a result of the annual NME Awards tour. This year, in association with Austin, Texas, the tour returns on the 18th of March in at the 02 Academy, Glasgow.
The headliners, American rock veterans Interpol, return to perform brand new material after three years, alongside three of Britain’s most exciting upcoming bands: Northamptonshire’s psychedelic rockers Temples; Brighton garage duo Royal Blood; and the Liverpool quartet Circa Waves, whose indie- rock tunes are causing quite a stir.
Interpol, who made their name from the Noughties, pop-punk revival, are finally returning to the music scene after the release of their self-titled forth album in 2010. They will be debuting material that they have been recording for their upcoming fifth album, while also returning to classic tracks such as ‘Obstacle 1’ and ‘The Heinrich Maneuver’.
Joining them will be Temples, whose album ‘Sun Structures’ was released in February, after various support slots for the Mystery Jets and The Vaccines (both NME tour alumni). Considered by Noel Gallagher as one of the best new bands in Britain, their turn in the support slot should be exciting to behold.
Royal Blood’s performance comes a few months shy of their support slot for the Arctic Monkeys in the summer, and were also part of the BBC’s Sound of 2014, alongside Nick Mulvey, Sam Smith and MNEK. In the opening slot, Circa Waves pick up where Interpol left off- unashamedly producing popular indie tunes, one of which (‘Get Away’) was picked by Radio One’s Zane Lowe as his Hottest Record in the World.
The tour comes after a month of NME Award Shows, which were being played around a host of venues across London throughout February, and of course after the awards themselves, which were on February 26th.
Glasgow O2 Academy (March 18)
Leeds O2 Academy (19)
Manchester Academy (20)
Liverpool O2 Academy (22)
Nottingham Rock City (23)
Birmingham O2 Academy (25)
Bristol O2 Academy (26)
London O2 Academy Brixton (27)