July 31, 2012
NME today announces the artists to perform on the new NME Generation Next tour. The new music showcase sees three of the most exciting acts on the planet tear through 11 UK towns across October, giving music fans the chance to get upclose and sweaty with the stars of tomorrow.
Championed by NME as 2012's brightest new hopes, and awarded a massive 8/10 for their debut album, ‘America Give Up', Howler's frenetic live performances and brilliant demos caught the attention of the legendary UK label Rough Trade, home to The Smiths and The Libertines. Describing the record, NME said "11 songs are full of energy, wit, fun, fuzz and fizz," declaring, "This is rock'n'roll and it's exactly what the world needs."
Lead singer Jordan Gatesmith says: "The UK has been good to us this year, and we're looking forward to turning young people of Britain into a sweaty and excitable mess. See you in October."
Fresh from releasing their new album, ‘Family' (produced by Luke Smith, who oversaw Foals' 2010 album ‘Total Life Forever'), Dublin-based newcomers The Cast of Cheers are second on the bill. The band have already supported Two Door Cinema Club, Django Django and Blood Red Shoes on tour, and with their ability to write massive indie-pop bangers, expect The Cast of Cheers to join the high-flying ranks of their headliner buddies very soon.
Completing the bill are Brighton-based Gross Magic, the brain-child of the hugely talented Sam McGarrigle, whose blend of lo-fi nostalgia recalls the carefree adolescence of Beck and early Nirvana.
The three bands will be picking up where previous NME tour acts - including Hurts, Crystal Castles, Marina and the Diamonds and Everything Everything - have left off, representing the hottest new music right now.
NME editor Mike Williams says: "2012 has been an amazing year for new music already, with so many amazing new artists of all genres emerging and threatening to shake up the establishment with their energy, ideas and undeniable talent. This bill represents the cream of the crop, and in headliners Howler we have a band that are genuinely one the most exciting acts to emerge in recent rock'n'roll history. I can't wait for it all to kick off!"
The tour starts in Bournemouth on 19th October, and ends at The Haunt in Brighton on 31st October.
Tickets for the NME Generation Next tour go on sale on www.NME.com/tickets on Wednesday 1st August at 9am, and then generally on Friday 3rd August. Tickets are priced between £10-12.
Dates in full:
Generation Next tour dates
19-Oct - Bournemouth Old Fire Station
20-Oct - Bristol Thekla
21-Oct - Norwich Waterfront
22-Oct - Birmingham HMV Institute Library
24-Oct - Manchester Club Academy
25-Oct - Glasgow King Tut's
26-Oct - Sheffield Leadmill
27-Oct - Stoke Sugarmill
29-Oct - Nottingham Rescue Rooms
30-Oct - London KOKO
31-Oct - Brighton The Haunt
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