Andrew WK, Aphex Twin, Starsailor, Doves, Pet Shop Boys, Trail Of Dead...

Andrew WK, Aphex Twin, Starsailor and Doves are among the stars already confirmed for an extra-special series of NME CARLING SHOWS next February, as we take over the LONDON ASTORIA for an entire month!

The gigs, our most extensive ever, are the first stage in a number of exclusive events marking NME’s 50th anniversary.

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Fabulous February will also include shows by Rolling Stones, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Rival Schools and Nickelback, as well as many more to be announced over the next few weeks.

NME editor Ben Knowles said: “The NME Carling Shows this year are the most exciting we’ll have done – I’ve ordered two weeks in the liver clinic afterwards. For NME to take over the Astoria for the whole month of February is just madness. In the early-’60s NME had Beatles, [/a] and [a] on the same bill. It’s only fitting for the start of our 50th year that we’ll have a

line-up that is 2002’s equivalent. Amazingly, it’s only the start of this year’s NME 5.0 celebrations.”

The bills confirmed so far for the NME Carling Shows are:

Aphex Twin plus guests (February 6)

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Clinic, The Faint and one other guest (7) Starsailor, Ed Harcourt plus guests (8) Andrew WK, Lostprophets, The Coral and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the lineup of the nationwide NME Carling Tour, as previously reported (10), Nickelback, Rival Schools, Backyard Babies plus one other guest (12)

Pet Shop Boys plus guests (14)

Doves plus guests (21)

More artists will be confirmed imminently. The whole package, which will feature the best new music and the biggest names in rock, pop and dance, aims to reflect what has been one of the strongest years for music in decades. NME.COM will bring more details and additions to the lineups in the coming weeks.

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