The NME New Music Tour inspired by Rizla is bringing new talent to a town near you…

NME is once again backing new music with a tour showcasing the best up-and-coming bands around.

Having giving a leg-up to the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party and The Futureheads on The NME Awards Tour at the beginning of the year, The NME New Music Tour inspired by Rizla will see a host of new talent tour the country together.

With a revolving line-up featuring NME’s favourite new bands, this is a chance to catch the next wave of stars in intimate venues before they’re packing stadiums.

Playing the tour are: Newcastle’s angular new wavers Maximo Park; future grunge heroes Nine Black Alps; the Kaiser Chiefs’s new favourite band The Cribs; London’s urchin scensters The Rakes; noisy upstarts the Towers Of London, epic post-punks Battle and New Zealand’s hard rocking newcomers The Checks, who are leaving home for the first time to play these shows.

The dates are:

Norwich Waterfront – Maximo Park, The Cribs, The Checks (May 18)

Portsmouth Wedgewood – Maximo Park, Nine Black Alps, The Checks (19)

Gloucester Guildhall – Nine Black Alps, Maximo Park, The Checks (20)

Hull Silhouettes – Maximo Park, The Cribs, Towers Of London (21)

Leeds Cockpit – The Cribs, Nine Black Alps, The Checks (22)

Northampton Roadmenders – Maximo Park, Nine Black Alps, The Rakes (23)

Bristol Fleece – Nine Black Alps, The Rakes, The Vega Method (24)

London Garage – Towers OF London, The Checks (24)

Brighton Concorde – The Rakes, Nine Black Alps, The Checks (25)

Nottingham Rock City – Towers OF London, The Cribs, Battle (28)

Manchester Roadhouse – Towers OF London, The Cribs, Battle (30)

Birmingham Academy 2 – The Cribs, Towers Of London, Battle (31)

Tickets are exclusively availabe from NME Tickets until April 15, after which they go general sale.

To buy tickets now [url=]go to NME Tickets or call them on 0870 1 663 663.

For more information on the tour and all the bands involved see next week’s issue of NME out in London on April 19, and nationwide the following day.