THE PREMIER PREMIERE

Stars feature in NME Premier Review of year movie...

MANIC STREET PREACHERS, HOLE, REM, GOMEZ, BECK, UNDERWORLD, MASSIVE ATTACK (pictured) and Norman Cook are among the acts scheduled to appear in the NME Premier Review to be screened on Wednesday, January 27, at 11.30pm on Channel 4.

The NME Premier Review documents the highs and lows of the musical scene in 1998 and features the winners of the NME Readers Poll in never-seen-before performances. PLACEBO, MERCURY REV, JURASSIC 5, UNKLE, BELLE & SEBASTIAN, THE BETA BAND, ADD N TO (X) and ELLIOTT SMITH are among other acts who appear in the hour-long film, which will be premiered at the London Virgin Haymarket on January 26. Another four screenings take place simultaneously at Virgin cinemas in Brighton, Southampton, Sheffield and Liverpool.

Details of how readers can attend these premieres will appear on nme.com early in the New Year.

Channel 4 will also screen highlights from the NME Premier Shows at London WC2 Astoria in a series of programmes to be broadcast after the NME Premier Review.

The full line-up of the NME Premier London shows at the Astoria is: RED SNAPPER, BADLY DRAWN BOY, PLAID and RICHARD THAIR (DJ) (January 19), SEBADOH, Elliott Smith, HEFNER and QUASI (20), THE BLUETONES, THE DELGADOS and SIX BY SEVEN (21), Mercury Rev, SHACK and Add N To (X) (22), MANSUN, GAY DAD, CHICKS and WITNESS (23), MOGWAI, BONNIE PRINCE BILLY, CLINIC and BOB TILTON (24) plus UNKLE FEATURING JAMES LAVELLE & THE SCRATCH PERVERTS, IDLEWILD, DELAKOTA and LLAMA FARMERS (25).