Thought 2011 was good? Get ready for 2012, because it’s going to be a belter. Here’s 20 reasons to be very excited about the forthcoming year, starting with the annual NME Awards Tour, which features Two Door Cinema Club, Metronomy, Tribes and Azealia Banks.
Something called the Olympics comes to London in the summer. Who will play the opening ceremony and what kind of associated gigs will there be? NME will be reporting every step of the way.
The Stone Roses make their long, long-awaited comeback this coming summer. Forget Reading Festival in the 90s, they’re older, wiser and probably less high than before, so these should be some epic shows.
Tom Petty plays the Isle Of Wight festival. It’s his first time over here in years and years, and the show will be epic. ‘Freefalling’, ‘American Girl’ and the rest will be extra special.
The original Black Sabbath play Download the same weekend. Bringing and biting your own bats optional.
The Maccabees are set to release an astonishing album early next year (trust us, we’ve heard it – lots) and are hitting the road in March to play it live. Full details and tickets.
Justice, Slow Club, The Drums, Cloud Control, Little Dragon, Marina & The Diamonds and many more are coming together for a spectacular February of NME Awards Shows. Check for full line up and tickets.
Expect half the country to retreat indoors and draw the curtains in May when Grand Theft Auto 5 hits the shops.
She might not have blown the world apart this year but Janelle Monae has been consistenty brilliant in our books. Her forthcoming sophomore should be another slice of inventive joy.
You’ve probably seen or heard about bits of the forthcoming Dark Knight Rises movie already (if not, watch the trailer here). Suffice to say, this will be the film event of the year.
Having said that, the forthcoming Farrelly brothers comedy The Three Stooges should be worth a peek too.
Steve Jobs may be six feet under and peering out of every airport bookshop in the country, but his old company have some suprises up their sleeves for next year. Keep an eye on NME.COM for all the latest music tech developments.
The ATP festival is back in May with another cracking line up. Slayer lead the charge (and will be performing their classic ‘Reign In Blood’ in its entirity) while Mogwai, The Melvins and the Afghan Whigs are also already confirmed.
Green Day’s American Idiot musical hits the UK this autumn, stopping by Manchester, Southampton, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, Birmingham and London.
MGMT might have sucked just a little bit on their second album, but we’re convinced the American duo have what it takes to getback on track for album number three. Fingers crossed; it’s due in a few months.
There’s so much good new music we’ve rounded up the top 100 for our new bands issue in early January. Check it out for the latest lowdown on everyone, including A$AP Rocky, pictured.
Speaking of new talent, our picks from 2011 Howler finally release their debut in the early part of the year. Exciting!
Lana Del Rey will also step to the hype and unleash her debut album in the first few months of the year. A contender for Albums Of The Year 2012? Don’t bet against it…
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance looks to be one of the biggest releases of the year. Fans of the series, or of well-exectued, beautiful gameplay of any kind, should start saving those pennies…
Five years after their last album ‘Era Vulgaris’, Queens Of The Stone Age look like they’re close to releasing a new one. Keep an eye on our news page for the latest. What are you looking forward to this year? Comment below.