January 19, 2000 15:10


It's fab up north! [b]Shack[/b], [a]Les Rythmes Digitales[/a], [a]Campag Velocet[/a] and [b]Coldplay[/b] wow crowds on second date of tour...

The NME PREMIER TOUR called at Leeds Metropolitan University last night and saw its second capacity crowd in a row - and four featured bands Shack, Les Rythmes Digitales, Campag Velocet and Coldplay all getting to know each other better.

Backstage after the gig, Shack frontman Mick Head said was particularly intrigued by Les Rythmes Digitales.

He said: "It was fucking great. We must be the total extremities of giving people pleasure. But I respond to that belief and devotion to the ultimate goal. There's different ways of putting your beauty across".

Head also expressed surprise at the number of old fans who had turned up to see them and spent Shack's set singing their lyrics at full volume. The band's set began with 'Wanda' (from their early 'Water Pistol' album) and ended with an enthusiastic encore of 'Sergeant Major' (from the same record) and forthcoming single 'Oscar'.

Head commented: "We respond to fucking response, you know I mean? I was totally overwhelmed."

Meanwhile, Les Rythmes Digitales' set opened with an energetic performance of 'About Funk' and included 'Jacques Your Body', 'Hypnotize' and final track 'Disco II Disco'.

The band later confirmed it looked likely they would be supporting Beck during the second half of his world tour in March and April. Drummer Jim Carmichael also revealed his involvement with a new side-project. He has written and produced a disco track called 'Happy Feeling' for Every Day People, a collaboration between himself, a DJ and a record shop owner from Brighton.

Campag Velocet frontman Pete Voss revealed his band - dressed in matching navy and white striped t-shirts - were using this tour to debut a new song. The track 'Instinct-Intention' was written only a week ago and Campag intend to play it on all future NME Premier Tour dates.

And first band on Coldplay told NME last night that new single Shiver will be released on February 28 through Parlophone. It's from their forthcoming debut album, out late April.

The rest of the NME Premier Tour will now call at: Newcastle University (January 19), Leicester De Montfort University (21), Manchester University (22), Sheffield University[/b] (23), Cardiff University (25), Bristol University (26), Oxford Brookes University (27), Norwich UEA (29) and London Astoria (30).

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