Metronomy, Tribes and Azealia Banks also get things underway in Glasgow last night (February 8)
The NME Awards Tour 2012 kicked off last night (February 8) with a triumphant headline set from Two Door Cinema Club in their adopted hometown of Glasgow at the city’s O2 Academy.
Prior to the Northern Irish trio’s set, Azealia Banks kicked off proceedings and appeared surprised at the size of the crowd. “Oh my God, there are so many people here!” exclaimed the rapper, who, accompanied only by a DJ, played a short set that included the likes of ‘Barbie Shit’, her breakthrough single ‘212 and a brief cover of The Prodigy‘s ‘Firestarter’.
It was then the turn of Tribes, who played a short, punchy set, which opened with ‘Whenever’ and featured set highlights ‘In The Corner Of An English Field’ and ‘When My Day Comes’, which both went down particularly strongly. The band kept stage banter to a minimum, with leather jacket-clad frontman Johnny Lloyd not saying much more than, “This is our fourth-ever gig in Glasgow – don’t worry we’ll be back”.
Following Tribes were Metronomy, who were sporting the now-trademark push-lights on their chests. They ran through a set that drew heavily from last year’s ‘The English Riviera’, including the likes of ‘Corinne’ and ‘The Look’. The band enjoyed a great response, in particular to early single ‘Radio Ladio’, which was accompanied by loud chanting from the crowd.
Finally, Two Door Cinema Club rounded off the evening in front of fans who had been waiting patiently by the front of the stage since the venue’s doors opened. Kicking off with ‘Cigarettes In The Theatre’ and ‘Undercover Martyn’, the Northern Irish trio’s set was rapturously-received by the fans, with frontman Alex Trimble paying tribute to them before ‘Eat That Up, It’s Good For You’, calling them “fantastic” and urging them to keep dancing.
The band previewed their upcoming second album by playing a clutch of new songs, including ‘Handshake’, ‘This Is Moon’ and ‘Sleep Alone’, before bringing things to a close with a frenetic ‘I Can Talk’.
Two Door Cinema Club played:
‘Cigarettes In The Theatre’
‘Do You Want It All’
‘This Is The Life’
‘Something Good Can Work’
‘You Are Not Stubborn’
‘This Is Moon’
‘Eat That Up, It’s Good For You’
‘What You Know’
‘Come Back Home’
‘I Can Talk’
The NME Awards tour continues in Newcastle at the O2 Academy tonight (February 9) and continues until February 25 when the tour ends at O2 Academy Brixton.
The NME Awards tour now visits:
O2 Academy Newcastle (February 9)
Manchester Academy (10, 11)
Nottingham Rock City (14)
O2 Academy Leeds (15)
Norwich UEA (17)
O2 Academy Birmingham (18)
Cardiff University (19)
O2 Academy Bristol (20)
O2 Academy Bournemouth (22)
Brighton Dome (23)
O2 Academy Brixton London (25)