All four bands are soundchecked and ready to go...

Get set for the hardest rocking month of the year, as the NME AWARDS celebrations kick off in NEWCASTLE tonight (January 25) with the first night of our tour.

Funeral For A Friend, The Rapture, The Von Bondies and Franz Ferdinand will all the battling it out to steal the show on the now-legendary NME Awards Tour.

And while the tour will be a lap of honour for headliners Funeral – who enjoyed massive success last year with debut album ‘Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation’, many eyes will be on openers Franz Ferdinand, who since the start of the year have gone from virtual unknown to top three chart heroes thanks to the success of second single ‘Take Me Out’.

Meanwhile, The Von Bondies are winning new fans every day with their forthcoming single ‘C’Mon C’Mon’, while The Rapture will be reminding people why their live spectacular was the toast of last summer, winning over crowds everywhere from Ibiza to Glastonbury to Manchester warehouse parties.

All four bands are currently backstage at Northumbria University, waiting to bring you the party of the year!