April 2, 2013 16:31

Miles Kane and Maxïmo Park to play tiny JD Roots homecoming gigs

Both acts will return to their roots for Small Venues campaign

Miles Kane and Maxïmo Park to play tiny JD Roots homecoming gigs

Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Miles Kane and Maximo Park are to play tiny homecoming gigs at their favourite small venues as part of the Best Small Venues campaign in association with JD Roots.

As well as supporting small gigs all over the country, JD Roots will put on two very special homecoming gigs: one takes place at the 300-capacity Cluny in Newcastle on May 2 with local boys Maxïmo Park, and the other sees Miles Kane playing at Liverpool's Zanzibar on May 15. Ticket details will be announced at nme.com/smallvenues soon.

NME's annual search for the best small venue in Britain launches its 2013 campaign today. Scroll down to discover how you can vote for your favourite now. Last year the title of Britain's Best Small Venue went to Tunbridge Wells Forum, whose promoter Chris Pritchard tells NME that "Live music would become really bland without small venues - music will become beige. It's also important at a regional level. Bands shouldn't just play London, Manchester and Glasgow then head off to America. They need touring experience to learn about stage presence. They learn their art at small venues."

NME's annual search for the best small venue in the UK began in 2011, and now Tunbridge Wells Forum has passed on their title to a new winner for 2013. Fans can vote for any backroom or space with a capacity of 500 or under with regional winners announced before an overall winner is revealed in June.

To vote for your favourite small venue head to nme.com/smallvenues now. While you're there you can also watch full interviews with the likes of Kasabian, Peace, Palma Violets, Johnny Marr, Suede, Tribes and Django Django as they talk about the venues that made them.

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