Now booking – 30 tours for 2011


1NME Awards Tour

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There's just a couple of weeks before the NME Awards Tour kicks off. Featuring Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, Everything Everything and The Vaccines, it kicks off on February 3rd in Glasgow. You can Book tickets now - but which other tours are coming to a venue near you in 2011?

2Katy B

Katy B
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Katy B. Dubstep’s latest sensation is hitting the road in April and May for a string of headline shows across the UK (following a support slot on Tinie Tempah’s February UK tour). Book tickets now.

3The Streets

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The Streets. After ten years of being in The Streets, Mike Skinner has decided to retire the name. Catch him performing songs from the fifth and final Streets album on his February-March tour. Book tickets now.

4White Lies

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White Lies. The gloom-rockers will be airing tracks from their second album 'Ritual', which is out now. The tour kicks off in Cambridge on February 4th. Book tickets now.


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Warpaint. Go see the LA four-piece that everyone’s been raving about. The tour kicks off on May 11th in Cambridge (though if you’re in London, you can catch them on February 21st at their Shockwaves NME Awards Show). Book tickets now.

6Kings Of Leon

Kings Of Leon. Hopefully this tour will be pigeon shit and bus fire-free. The tour begins on March 30th in Coventry. Book tickets now.

7Anna Calvi

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Anna Calvi. The songstress with a tour kicking off at the end of this month at London’s Hoxton Hall was featured in NME’s recent New Music of 2011 issue – so go see her live and find out first-hand why we think she’ll make a splash this year. Book tickets now.

8Isle Of Wight Festival

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Isle Of Wight Festival. The line-up this year includes Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters, Pulp and Kasabian. Book tickets now.

9Lykke Li

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Lykke Li. Another short tour, this Swede will only be playing six dates in the UK this April to promote her forthcoming new album. So go on and, er, 'Get Some' tickets. Book tickets now.

10Wireless Festival

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Wireless Festival. This July, Wireless Festival will be returning to Hyde Park with an exciting reunion of the original Pulp line-up. That’s pretty much enough of a reason to go. Book tickets now.

11Primal Scream

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Primal Scream. After playing their seminal 1991 album 'Screamadelica' in its entirety for the first time in November, the band are taking it on tour across the UK this March. Book tickets now.

12Plan B

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Plan B. The rapper turned soul singer will be playing his biggest gigs yet this March, including a headline show at the London O2 Arena. Hear him play some new tunes from his forthcoming, third studio album, ‘The Ballad of Belmarsh’. Book tickets now.

13Miles Kane

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Miles Kane. He’s stepping away from The Last Shadow Puppets to promote his forthcoming debut solo album, with the tour starting January 21st in Leeds. Book tickets now.

14Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden. The heavy metal legends will be touring the UK this summer to close their ‘Final Frontier World Tour 2010/2011’. For the first time in many years, they’ll be playing shows in some cities they haven’t visited in three decades. Book tickets now.

15My Chemical Romance

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My Chemical Romance. Experience 'Danger Days...' - and Gerard Way’s flaming red locks - up close at one of their February UK tour dates. Book tickets now.

16Sonisphere Festival

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Sonisphere Festival. It’s a young one – this summer will mark the third instalment of the touring rock festival. But with acts like Metallica, Slayer, Biffy Clyro and Slipknot already lined up for the UK date, it’s shaping up to be the rock show you won’t want to miss this summer. Book tickets now.


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Hurts. They’ve got a few shows next month with support from Saint Saviour, as well as a special Glasgow date with Clare Maguire. So if you want to see the best-dressed men in music, book your tickets now.

18The Naked And Famous

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The Naked And Famous. This February will mark the first UK tour for one of NME’s bands to look out for in 2011. Click here to watch our video interview with them to find out more about how they got together, moving to east London, and why being a dickhead's cool. Book tickets now.

19Chapel Club

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Chapel Club. They played on the Emerge NME Radar Tour and performed on the Main Stage at the NME Weekender, and now they’re ready to set off on a headline tour of their own. The tour begins in February in Briston and closes at London’s Heaven venue. Book tickets now.

20British Sea Power

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British Sea Power. There’s bound to be foliage, a ten-foot-tall bear and plenty of hits. The tour kicks off on February 7th in Cardiff. Book tickets now.

21Carl Barat

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Carl Barat. The Libertines man will be heading off on a solo tour this February, starting on the 18th in Norwich. If you want to hear the hits from his debut solo album that came out at the end of 2010, then book your tickets now.

22The Walkmen

The Walkmen
The Walkmen. The American indie rockers will be hitting the UK at the end of the month for a short tour, starting in Manchester and ending in Brighton. Book tickets now.


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Bestival. This year's line-up is already shaping up to be pretty spectacular with The Cure, Primal Scream, Brian Wilson, Robyn, Katy B and Magnetic Man recently added to the bill. Book tickets now.

24Chase & Status

Chase & Status
Chase & Status. This March, Chase & Status will be taking their second album ‘No More Idols’ on the road. Check out their live show, with support slots from Yasmin and Redlight. Book tickets now.

25Benicassim Festival

Benicassim Festival
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Benicassim Festival. Take a holiday to Spain this summer to party with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and Primal Scream. Book tickets now.


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Blink-182. After a five year hiatus, the American pop-punks are back, and they’re hitting the UK this summer with tour buddies You Me At Six. The band added five more shows after most of the original dates sold out, so you might want to start hunting for tickets now. Book tickets now.

27Katy Perry

Katy Perry. OK, she's hardly the indie snob's choice - but come on, seeing her live is unlikely to suck. The tour starts on March 17th at London’s HMV Apollo Hammersmith. Book tickets now.


Rihanna. She’ll be heading out on an arena tour, starting on October 5th at London’s O2 Arena. Book tickets now.

29The Specials

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The Specials. It’s been 30 years since the release of their classic hit, ‘Ghost Town’ – and they’ve still got it. Tour kicks off October 11th in Wolverhampton. Book tickets now.

30Shaun Ryder

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Shaun Ryder. The former Black Grape/Happy Mondays man and I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! runner-up will be touring with Birmingham-based band The Twang, kicking off in their hometown on February 16th. Book tickets now.