The Cribs head to the Far East

The band will also go Down Under in February

The Cribs are set to kick off their 2006 with a short tour of the Far East.

The band will also hit Australia for a handful of dates to warm up for a full UK tour and their headlining ShockWaves NME Awards Show at the London Astoria on February 19 alongside The Automatic, Giant Drag and The Long Blondes.

Following on from a successful 2005, The Cribs will join pals Kaiser Chiefs in Japan before their first ever shows Down Under.

The dates are:

Tokyo Liquid Rooms (with Kaiser Chiefs) (January 23-24)

Tokyo Quattro Club (25)

Nagoya Quattro Club (with Kaiser Chiefs) (26)

Osaka Big Cat (with Kaiser Chiefs) (27)

Melbourne Northcote Social (February 1)

Melbourne The Palace (2)

Sydney Annandale Hotel (3)

Birmingham Irish Centre (13)

Edinburgh Gig (14)

Newcastle Northumbria University (15)

Manchester Academy (17)

Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (18)

London Astoria (19)

Brighton Concorde 2 (21)

Norwich Waterfront (22)

Liverpool Academy (23)

Leeds University (25)

London Alexandra Palace (with Kaiser Chiefs) (April 22)

Leeds Millennium Square (with Kaiser Chiefs (30)

Dublin Castle (with Kaiser Chiefs) (May 1)

For ticket availability, go to NME Tickets or call them on 0870 1 663 663.