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Shockwaves across the music industry; NME Awards tour heading to Leeds.

Byline: Katie CAMPLING

THE tour which discovered the likes of Coldplay, The Killers and Arctic Monkeys is back - and heading for West Yorkshire.

Shockwaves NME Awards tour 2009 will kick off on January 29 at Liverpool University and will take in 17 dates across the country, including February 6 at Manchester Academy and February 8 at Leeds Academy.

On the tour will be Scottish indie rebels Glasvegas, Hertfordshire dance outfit Friendly Fires, West London three-piece White Lies and flamboyant London songstress Florence And The Machine.

Since winning the prestigious Philip Hall Radar Award at last year's Shockwaves NME Awards, Glasvegas have been tipped for the top by industry insiders.

Their self-titled debut album stormed to number two in early September. Frontman James Allan warned tour-goers that they were in for a rock 'n' roll ride.

"We'll bring champagne instead of Buckfast. Imagine Motley Crue on an NME Awards tour!"

Friendly Fires guitarist Edd Gibson is predicting some interesting collaborations while on the road - maybe even the next big charity single.

He said: "We might get a 'Feed The World' style thing going on!"

Meanwhile White Lies have fuelled rumours of on-stage partnership with singer Harry McVeigh declaring: "We get on well with Glasvegas and Friendly Fires.

We've got something in mind..."

Kicking off proceedings with the opening slot will be Florence And The Machine. Florence is keen to bring some friendly banter to the tour bus. She said: "It's good to have some rivalry. We'll all be trying to outdo each other, which pushes each band to be better!"

Conor McNicholas, editor of NME, predicted this will be one of the most successful Shockwave tours yet.

"This is a cracking line-up of deeply talented artists who produce music of real quality.

"All four acts boast the strongest and most distinctive new songwriters in Britain at the moment and the sheer quality of artists on the tour has meant it is being hailed as the strongest for years.

Music fans are in for an absolute treat!"

Tickets for the tour are now on sale at www.NME.com/gigs or call 0871 230 1094.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2008
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