There's a huge tour of their own - and then a very prestigous support...

THE OPEN have been confirmed as the support act for the forthcoming Hope Of The States tour this October.

The band will head out with the Chichester group following their own headlining tour, which kicks off at Startford’s Cox’s View on September 8. Support on these dates will come from Cornwall’s Thirteen Senses.

Fresh from their performances at this year’s Glastonbury and T In The Park festivals, The Open will release their next single ‘Elevation’ on August 30. The band will be playing the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals between August 27-29.

The Open headlining tour will call at:

Stratford’s Cox’s Year (September 8)

Shrewsbury Butter Market (9)

Sheffield Leadmill (11)

York Barfly (12)

Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (13)

London Scala (15)

Nottingham Stealth (16)

Stoke Sugarmill (17)

Bath Moles (18)

Brighton Audio (20)

Chatham Tap ‘n’ Tin (21)

Southampton Joiners (22)

Manchester Academy 3 (23)

Liverpool Academy 2 (24)

Wolverhampton Civic Bar (26)

The Hope Of The States dates, featuring The Open as support, are:

Belfast Queens University (October 17)

Dublin Music Centre (18)

Glasgow Garage (19)

Newcastle University (21)

Leeds Cockpit (22)

Bristol University (23)

Nottingham Rescue Rooms (25)

London Astoria (26)

Norwich Waterfront (27)

Birmingham Academy 2 (29)

Manchester Academy 2 (30)

For ticket availability for The Open click Hope Of The States[/a], click [url=]here. You can also phone the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.