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He tips both to win 'Best British Band' at the VO5 NME Awards 2017

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The Vaccines‘ frontman Justin Young has tipped both The 1975 and Foals to win ‘Best British Band’ at the upcoming VO5 NME Awards 2017, saying that ‘no one can compete with them right now’.

As The Vaccines prepare to start work on their ‘energetic’ new album in the new year, we asked Young who he’d vote for to win Best British Band supported by Zig-Zag at the VO5 NME Awards next year.

“In terms of who has had a big and important year, I don’t think anyone can really compete with Foals or The 1975,” Young told NME. “So for me its probably a dead tie. I can’t think of anyone that has come close to Foals’ rise in prominence or The 1975’s relevance around the world. To see a British rock band like Foals play the slots they did at Glastonbury and Reading/Leeds was really inspiring and invigorating. It reminds us all of what is possible.”

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He added: “There aren’t many British bands where everything they say or do, people take note and have an opinion on – that’s what I like about The 1975. I always think that pop music should have an element of theatre to it.”

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Last month,we named The 1975’s acclaimed second album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’ as our album of the year. Meanwhile, after they smashed their headline set at Reading & Leeds back in August, Foals say they are planning to ‘rock the boat’ with their next album – hopefully due for release late next year.

The 1975’s upcoming UK tour dates are below

Manchester, Arena (December 13)
London, The O2 (December 15, 16)
Newcastle, Arena (December 17)
Glasgow, Hydro (December 19)
Bournemouth, International Centre (December 21)
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (December 22)