The Rock City archives: 2016

Bloc Party, Drenge, Bugzy Malone and Ratboy - NME Tour 2016, Rock City Main Hall

  • Tuesday 2nd February 2016


Bloc Party will headline next year's NME Awards Tour 2016 with Austin, Texas, along with Drenge, Ratboy and Bugzy Malone. 

The annual tour will begin in Cardiff on January 29, stopping off in Southampton, Bristol, Nottingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Cambridge and London before a final gig on February 12 at Birmingham's O2 Academy. Scroll below to see the dates in full.

Exclusive ticket pre-sale begins at 9am on Wednesday (November 4) at Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday (November 6). 

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Bloc Party release new album 'Hymns' ahead of the tour dates. The album is released on January 29 and includes the single 'The Love Within'.

The band recently unveiled their new line-up at two shows in the US during August, with bassist Justin Harris and drummer Louise Bartle joining the group in the place of the recently departed Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong.

Drenge will be touring in support of their recent second album 'Undertow', while up-and-comers Rat Boy and Manchester grime MC Bugzy Malone will complete the bill on all dates.

Mike Williams, editor-in-chief of NME, says of the news, "The line-up for the NME Awards Tour 2016 with Austin, Texas is amazing for UK music fans – where else next February could you see three of the most exciting, game-changing new artists around, as well as a bona fide festival headliner in such an intimate setting?"