[I]NME[/I] CELEBRATES NEW LOOK WITH FREE GIGS

James, Rialto, Dust Junkys and WARM JETS are among special guests appearing at the NME's new-look party gigs at Virgin Megastores next week...

James and Rialto are among special guests appearing at the NME‘s Virgin Megastore gigs in Oxford Street, London.

Rialto’s show is the first and takes place next Wednesday (March 18). The show is part of a series celebrating the launch of the re-designed NME at the music retailer chain countrywide. Doors open at 8.30pm and the gig starts at 9pm.

Meanwhile, out of London on March 18, Dust Junkys play the Manchester Virgin Megastore presents a set by Warm Jets (singer Louie pictured) at 1pm followed by the Dust Junkys at 8pm. On the same day, Urusei Yatsura play Edinburgh Virgin Megastore at 8pm and The Hybirds play Nottingham Virgin Megastore at 8pm.

In a further NME/Virgin free offer, customers purchasing a “recommended” CD at any UK Virgin Megastore will receive a free, 12-track, 70-minute NME CD sampler: Artists include: The Charlatans, Warm Jets, Fat Boy Slim, James, David Holmes, The Montrose Avenue and Scott 4.

James’ instore performance takes place at the London, Oxford Street Megastore on March 24. Doors for the show open at 8.30pm and the band are onstage at 9pm. Tickets are available from the store.