Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club kick off Shockwaves NME Awards Tour in Newcastle

Plus Drums and Big Pink play first night of gig run

The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Big Pink and The Drums kicked off the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2010 tonight (February 4) at the O2 Academy in Newcastle.

Headliners The Maccabees surprised the crowd by playing a cover of Orange Juice‘s classic ‘Rip It Up’ as well as crowd favourites ‘X-Ray’ and ‘No Kind Words’.

First up, The Drums played to an almost capacity crowd. The New York four-piece played an energetic set to launch their first tour of the UK – thanking the crowd for taking part in their first British gig run.

“It’s our first time here… ever,” frontman Jonathan Pierce explained to the crowd before delighting the audience with songs including ‘I Felt Stupid’ and set closer ‘Forever And Ever’.

The Drums played:

‘It Will All End In Tears’
‘Best Friend’
‘I Felt Stupid’
‘Make You Mine’
‘Book Of Stories’
‘Let’s Go Surfing’
‘Forever And Ever’

Next up The Big Pink played a six-song set that included a cover of The Breeders‘Cannonball’. The rest of their set comprised songs from their 2009 debut album ‘A Brief History Of Love’ including biggest hit ‘Dominos’, which closed their set.

“It’s fucking good to be on the NME tour!” shouted singer/guitarist Robbie Furze before playing the song – an early contender for anthem of the tour.

The Big Pink played:

‘Too Young To Love’
‘At War With The Sun’

Bombay Bicycle Club played next, playing a sweat-drenched set, with the crowd yelling for more as the frontman announced that ‘Cancel On Me’ would be their final song.

Bombay Bicycle Club played:

‘Emergency Contraception Blues’
‘Open House’
‘Dust On The Ground’
‘How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep’
‘Always Like This’
‘What If’
‘Cancel On Me’

Headliners The Maccabees opened with ‘William Powers’, the crowd responding euphorically to the triple-guitar onslaught of Felix White, Hugo White and frontman Orlando Weeks.

They went on to play crowd favourites ‘X-Ray’ and ‘No Kind Words’ – augmented by former Talk Taxis frontman Will White on keyboard – before returning for a two-song encore including the Orange Juice cover.

They played a speeded-up version of the 1983 hit single, before they ended their set with ‘Love You Better’

The Maccabees played:

‘William Powers’
‘One Hand Holding’
‘All In Your Rows’
‘Wall Of Arms’
‘Precious Time’
‘Bag Of Bones’
‘Young Lions’
‘Can You Give It’
‘Toothpaste Kisses’
‘First Love’
‘No Kind Words’
‘Rip It Up’
‘Love You Better’

The Shockwaves NME Tour 2010 continues tomorrow (February 5) at the Glasgow Barrowlands. NME Radio will be having a live tour diary throughout the shows, with members of bands phoning in to Jon Hillcock‘s show. Tune in from 3pm (GMT).

To tune in, head to Sky Channel 0184, Virgin Media 975, Freesat 727, DAB nationwide or NME.COM/radio.

The Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2010 calls at:

Glasgow Barrowland (February 5)
Manchester Academy (6)
Leeds O2 Academy (7)
Nottingham Rock City (9)
Norwich UEA (10)
Birmingham O2 Academy (11)
Cardiff University (13)
Bristol O2 Academy (14)
Brighton Dome (15)
Bournemouth O2 Academy (16)
Portsmouth Pyramids Centre (18)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (19)
Brixton O2 Academy (20)

To check the availability of Shockwaves NME Award Tour tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230