Noel Gallagher, Johnny Marr, Bloc Party and more confirmed for Radio X Road Trip gigs

The nationwide tour in November and December will be hosted by Chris Moyles

Radio X have announced Noel Gallagher, Johnny Marr and Bloc Party among the acts to play the first ever Radio X Road Trip.

The nationwide tour will celebrate the relaunch of XFM as Radio X with dates running through November and December. Radio X breakfast show host Chris Moyles will preside over the gigs.

Stereophonics will start the five-date tour at Bristol’s O2 Academy on November 3. The tour will then visit Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham with each date headlined by a different band or artist.

Bloc Party play in Glasgow on November 9 and the Courteeners will visit Leeds on November 23. Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr will play a homecoming gig at Manchester Apollo on December 2 with new bands Neon Waltz and Pretty Vicious in support. James Bay rounds off the Road Trip dates in Birmingham on December 8.

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The Radio X Road Trip dates and line-up are as follows:

Stereophonics – Bristol O2 Academy (November 3)
Bloc Party – Glasgow O2 ABC (9)
Courteeners – Leeds O2 Academy (23)
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Johnny Marr, Neon Waltz, Pretty Vicious – Manchester O2 Apollo (December 2)
James Bay – Birmingham O2 Academy 2 (8)

Chris Moyles launched Radio X this morning. Moyles returned to radio after leaving Radio 1 in 2012. He launched Radio X by playing Girls Aloud’s ‘Love Machine’ and declaring “girls are allowed as well as men and everybody else,” when the song finished.

“Our show is run by a woman, which may seem weird if you’ve been reading about Radio X,” he said by way of introducing producer Pippa Taylor, in reference to a press release which stated that the new station would be ‘male-focused’.

“There’s been a lot of ‘confused’ press about Radio X,” Moyles continued. “A lot of people took that as Radio X being a radio station for blokes. That was news to me… Let me be the first of many Radio X DJs to say ‘that’s a load of balls’. I don’t care if you’re male, female, gay, straight, white, black,” he commented. “It was just a marketing thing – it should never have gone out in the press release… It’s not a radio version of a Yorkie bar, it’s just a radio station. Everybody calm down.”