Muse announce Nothing But Thieves as support act for ‘Drones’ tour

Band will support Matt Bellamy and co during European leg of 2016 world tour

Southend quintet Nothing But Thieves have been announced as the support act for Muse‘s UK leg of their forthcoming world tour, it has today been announced (February 29).

The alt-rock band – who are known for their songs ‘Trip Switch’ and ‘Graveyard Whistling’ – are supporting Muse for 16 dates of their UK and European tour, which kicked off this evening in Paris (February 29) with the band joining the tour on March 3. The band also play a further four dates in Paris in March, followed by Cologne, Amsterdam, Brussels and Munich as part of the European leg.

The tour is scheduled to make it’s UK stops in April, staring with Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on April 2, London’s O2 Arena on April 3 and Dublin on April 5. They then return to conclude the UK leg of the tour with Manchester April 8-9, London’s O2 Arena between 11-15 and Glasgow on April 17-18.

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The announcement of the Drones tour was topped last Friday (February 26) when Muse announced on their Twitter that they return as Friday night headliners of the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2016. Muse will also headline Sziget Festival 2016.

Speaking of the announcement on Twitter the band tweeted:

“We’re over the moon Muse have asked us to support them. We get to hear ‘Plug In Baby’ in arenas every night for a month…pretty awesome!”

Muse UK Drones tour dates

BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena (April 2)
LONDON O2 Arena (3)
DUBLIN 3Arena (5)
BELFAST SSE Arena Belfast 960 (6)
MANCHESTER Arena (8)
MANCHESTER Arena (9)
LONDON O2 Arena (11)
LONDON O2 Arena (12)
LONDON O2 Arena (14)
LONDON O2 Arena (15)
GLASGOW SSE Hydro (17)
GLASGOW SSE Hydro (18)

Meanwhile, it was also reported that Bellamy has invested in a new drone racing league, according to its CEO.

Nick Horbaczewski of The Drone Racing League (DRL) spoke to Quartz about his company and their plans to turn drone racing into the latest sports entertainment phenomenon. The league hopes to ape the success of Formula 1, NASCAR and MotoGP using drones and has recruited Bellamy among their first investors.

Muse named their 2015 album ‘Drones’ and are currently on a world tour of the same name. According to Quartz and Horbaczewski, Bellamy is among a string of investors who have pumped a collective $8m (£5.6m) into DRL so far.

Joining Bellamy on the list of investors are Stephen Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins, and a number of venture capital firms.

DRL races will be carried out behind closed doors with high quality videos containing highlights from each race uploaded to YouTube afterwards. The first race will take place in the Dolphins’ stadium while another is planned for an abandoned Los Angeles mall.

Footage from previous exhibition races can be seen below: