Shockwaves Felt in 14 UK Venues for 2010 NME Awards Tour

Posted: 10th November 2009
Bombay Bicycle Club

Four bands have been confirmed for the NME Shockwaves Tour in 2010. They are The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Big Pink and The Drums. Tickets cost £15.58 for all but the Brixton date (£18.10), with most dates available on pre-sale now (check the "Tickets" links, below), with the remainder going on sale at 9am on Friday 13th November.

The tour kicks-off in Newcastle on 4th February 2010 before heading to Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol and many more before rounding it off in London at the Brixton Academy on the 20th!

Four bands for under £20? They can't be any good can they? Scoff not, readers. It's a damn fine line-up. The Maccabees signed to the historical Fiction label back in 2006 and released their first album a year later, becoming NME favourites overnight. They have racked-up three Top 40 single hits as well as a second successful album released in May of this year, "Wall of Arms". They have also collaborated with Roots Manuva and Malawian dancers - so not afraid to branch out then and for that reason, they look a good bet for the future.

Bombay Bicycle Club have won awards (the Road To V one being pretty important) and have jangled their way through a few decent releases including their new-ish album "I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose", released this year. The Big Pink have been one of 4AD's main hopes this year and haven't disappointed. Three cracking singles (including chart-botherer, "Dominos") and a decent album have endeared a few people to their crunchy electro-rock sound. Finally, The Drums who are a Brooklyn-based band who record for Moshi Moshi and cite Factory and Sarah band, The Wake, as an influence. Fair play! Gentle simmering melodies with a lightness of touch and an air of melancholy. Sounds a good likeness. Sounds a good line-up!

Paul Pledger