Red Snapper, Gay Dad and ELLIOT SMITH join the line-up...

Red Snapper,(pictured) GAY DAD, ELLIOTT SMITH, HEFNER, QUASI, CHICKS and Witness have been added to the line-up of the seven 1999 NME Premier Shows at London WC2 Astoria in January.

The line-up now so far is Red Snapper (January 18); SEBADOH, ELLIOTT SMITH, Hefner and Quasi (19) BLUETONES (20) MERCURY REV, ADD N TO (X) and MERZ (21) MANSUN, Gay Dad, Chicks and Witness (22), MOGWAI, BONNIE PRINCE BILLY (aka WILL OLDHAM), CLINIC and BOB TILTON (23).

UNKLE, IDLEWILD, DELAKOTA and LLAMA FARMERS, who take part in this year’s NME Premier Tour starting on January 10, headline the Astoria on January 24. The remaining support slots will be announced shortly.


The NME Premier London Shows will be broadcast on Radio One. Lamacq Live will broadcast a selection of sets from the gigs on two Mondays in January from 8pm-midnight. Bands will be chosen from all seven of the dates, but it’s not yet been confirmed which acts will feature.

Steve Lamacq will also be announcing the winners of the NME Premier Awards exclusively on his show on January 25, the day before the NME Premier film, which takes the place of an awards ceremony, is premiered at the London Virgin Haymarket.

Click back later this week for more news. You can book gigs to most gigs via the NME Ticketline on 0870 121 0125. Check out our gig guide.

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