We bring you all the highlights of the tour so far - but be warned, we're talking onstage stunts, broken bones and nervous tension from the likes of Amen, JJ72, Alfie and Starsailor...
AMEN’s CASEY CHAOS has told NME.COM the NME CARLING AWARDS TOUR is proving such a thrill ride that his band may not “make it back to LONDON”.
NME.COM have an exclusive, behind-the-scenes documentary film, shot on the first two dates of the tour in Glasgow (January 21) and Newcastle (22).
To see the film in full, click here.
See this week’s NME for a full tour report.
Following the show in Glasgow, Chaos said: “It was so out of control, so powerful. You get a crowd like that and you get a uniform spirit. It’s amazing.
“If it continues escalating at this level, we’re not going to make it to London (on February 4), it’s going to be fucking sick!”
Our film contains live and backstage interview footage with all the other bands on the tour; Starsailor, Alfie and JJ72.
JJ72 singer Mark Greaney speaks candidly about his nerves prior to the first date of the tour which he performed solo, after drummer Fergal Matthews twisted his ankle at a secret warm-up show in Derby.
Describing the pressure as a “weight on my shoulders”, he commented the eclectic nature of the NME tour is a “good mix to have”. He added: “It has a festival feel to it because there’s going to be people in the audience who haven’t heard any of our songs…hopefully they’ll like what they hear.”
Other highlights of the ten-minute film include Chaos climbing a speaker stack and throwing himself onto the stage below, and JJ72 drummer Matthews showing off his huge leg cast, and then getting on stage and performing with his kit set-up backwards.
The NME Carling Awards Tour continues this evening (January 25) at Sheffield University, before calling at: Liverpool University (26)
Manchester University (27)
Oxford Brookes University (29)
Leicester De Montfort University (30)
Norwich UEA (31)
Cardiff University (February 2)
Bristol University (3)
London Astoria (4)
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