The 22-20s, The Zutons and The Ordinary Boys triumph in Brighton...

The 22-20s, The Zutons, and THE ORDINARY BOYS kicked off the NME BRITPACK TOUR last night (March 17) in BRIGHTON’s CONCORDE 2, treating fans to a taste of the cream of new British music.

Fans packed out the seaside venue to catch a glimpse of the three of the country’s most hotly-tipped bands, as did Dexys Midnight Runners‘ legend Kevin Rowland and Supergrass‘ Gaz Coombes.

The Ordinary Boys opened the show with furious versions of ‘Maybe Someday’, ‘Laughing From The Sidelines’, as well as overcoming potential disaster when drummer Charlie Stanley’s bass drum pedal snapped halfway through their forthcoming single ‘Week In, Week Out’.

Bringing their unique Scouse groove-fuelled rock to the night, [a][/a] tore through a crowd-pleasing set including ‘Zuton Fever’, ‘Pressure Point’ and ‘You Will, You Won’t’.

Singer David McCabe said: “I’m well pleased. We weren’t expecting such a reaction from the crowd… I wish we were doing the rest of the tour now.”

He added: “I’m well happy. It was a good gig and I’m glad to be here playing with The Ordinary Boys and The 22-20s.”

Headliners The 22-20s marked the start of the Bripack tour by debuting new material from their eagerly anticipated debut album, including ‘Shoot Your Gun’ and their new single ‘Why Don’t You Do It For Me?’

The NME Britpack rolls into the Leicester Charlotte tonight (March 18) before heading to:

Cardiff Engine Rooms (19) 22-20s / Zutons / Ordinary Boys

Newcastle Northumbria University (21) 22-20s / Zutons / Ordinary Boys

Manchester Academy 3 (22) 22-20s / Delays / Ordinary Boys

Liverpool Carling Academy 2 (23) 22-20s / Cribs / Ordinary Boys

Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (24) 22-20s / Cribs / Ordinary Boys

Birmingham Academy 2 (26) 22-20s / Delays / Ordinary Boys

Exeter Cavern (27) 22-20s / Cribs / Ordinary Boys

Bristol Fleece (28) 22-20s / Delays / Ordinary Boys

Oxford Zodiac (30) 22-20s / Thirteen Senses / Ordinary Boys

Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (31) 22-20s / Thirteen Senses / Ordinary Boys

London Islington Academy (April 1) 22-20s / Thirteen Senses / Ordinary Boys

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To find out more about the bands on the NME Britpack Tour, listen to live tracks and view the gallery from the first night in Brighton, [url=]click here