NME New Music Tour

COLIN WILSON The NME's annual showcase of up-and-coming talent, NME New Music Tour, featuring Boy Kill Boy, Forward, Russia!, the Automatic and the Long Blondes, comes to Cambridge and Norwich.

COLIN WILSON

The NME's annual showcase of up-and-coming talent, NME New Music Tour, featuring London quartet Boy Kill Boy, genre-defying punk-funksters Forward, Russia!, Welsh teen sensations the Automatic and Sheffield superstars-in-waiting the Long Blondes, comes to Cambridge and Norwich.

Hotly-tipped London rockers Boy Kill Boy headline following a blistering performance at last year's Reading Festival. The band follow their recent top 30 debut single Back Again with the release of their new single, Suzie, first released as a limited edition through Fierce Panda last summer. Boy Kill Boy's hotly-anticipated debut album, Civilian is set for release on May 22 through Vertigo.

Next on the bill are four-piece the Automatic. The young upstarts have just completed tours with Hard-Fi and the Ordinary Boys and have wowed fans with their riotous live show. Having crashed into the top 40 with their recent second single, Raoul, the Automatic release a new single, Monster, on June 5. The band's debut album, Not Accepted Anywhere, is due for release on June 12.

Forward, Russia! are the latest band to come out of Leeds hoping to mirror the success of other Leeds favourites Kaiser Chiefs and the Cribs. With their hard riffs and yelping vocals they are already a firm favourite with the NME.

The line-up is completed by Sheffield five-piece the Long Blondes, widely regarded as the hottest new band in the UK right now. The band recently picked up the Hot New Talent award at last month's ShockWaves NME Awards. Having long been championed by the NME as Britain's best unsigned band, the Long Blondes recently signed to Rough Trade.

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Conor McNicholas, editor of NME, says: “This is the best-line-up we've ever delivered for our New Music Tour - we're taking bigger than ever before. Any of these bands could be headlining their own tour so to get them all on one bill is amazing.”

t The Junction, Cambridge, Tuesday May 16, £10 advance, 01223 511511, www.junction.co.uk

t UEA LCR, Norwich, Thursday May 18, £10 advance, 01603 508050, www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

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