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AMEN, JJ72, STARSAILOR and ALFIE are the bands that will make up next year’s NME CARLING AWARDS TOUR, we can announce.

The eclectic bill will call at

Glasgow QMU (January 21)

Newcastle University (22)

Leeds Met University (23)

Sheffield University (25)

Liverpool University (26)

Manchester Academy (27)

Oxford Brookes University (29)

Leicester De Montfort University (30)

Norwich UEA (31)

Cardiff University Gt Hall (February 2)

Bristol University (3)

London Astoria (4)

The tour, formerly known as the Bratbus tour, takes place in conjunction with a week-long series of gigs at London Astoria venue, which will run from January 31 to February 7. No acts are confirmed yet, but gig-goers can look forward to a varied range of bands from both sides of the Atlantic.

The tour and shows are traditionally held each year around the NME Carling Awards ceremony, affectionately known as The Brats, when we announce the winners of the NME readers and writers’ poll. You can now vote for your favourite bands and album of 2000 on NME.COM (click at the end of the story to vote).

Meanwhile, NME tour headliners JJ72 have revealed that they’re to record a version of the Pet Shop Boys’ 1987 hit ‘It’s A Sin’ as a B-side to their next single ‘Algeria’, out on January 24 through Lakota.

Speaking to NME last week, frontman Mark Greaney said that he’d been writing “little bits and pieces” for the band’s next album, the follow-up to this year’s eponymous debut.

Describing his songs, Greaney said: “It’s a lot more mood -orientated. I’m trying to get away from people continually saying angst, angst, angst. It’s not going to be big political statements, it’s about taking further steps into being human I suppose.

“We’re going to release a new record that’s a lot more interesting. I’m not saying we’re going to produce a ‘Kid A’ but we’re going to produce a record that’s a lot more interesting. I don’t know how long it’s going to take but it’s not going to be five years or anything.”

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