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 hit the big time.

Now, the NME Awards Tour 2016 with Austin, Texas is gearing up to hit the road with a thrilling line-up 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 29th January at Cardiff Great Hall and coming to a close on 12th February at Birmingham O2 Academy. Tickets are available here.

“The line-up for the NME Awards Tour 2016 with Austin, Texas is amazing for UK music fans – where else next February could you see three of the most exciting, game-changing new artists around, as well as a bona fide festival headliner in such an intimate setting?”

Mike Williams, editor-in-chief of NME


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 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. 

“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.” 

Kele Okereke, Bloc Party


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. NUBI where lucky enough to catch him last time he stopped by in Birmingham.


The venues and dates for the tour are as follows:

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

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