Franz Ferdinand and more for VO5 NME Awards Shows

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 December 2017
Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand, The Sherlocks and rising indie bands have been announced for the 'VO5 NME Awards Shows'

Franz Ferdinand, The Sherlocks and more will perform gigs as part of the 'VO5 NME Awards Shows' next year.

The likes of Peace, She Drew The Gun, Yonaka and Superfood will also play ahead of the ceremony at some of London's finest venues, following in the footsteps of Kings of Leon, Blossoms, Charli XCX, The Maccabees, Suede, Mystery Jets and many more.

Franz Ferdinand said: "Our O2 Academy Brixton gigs have always been intense affairs and the 'VO5 NME Awards Show' there in February will be, but even more bigly."

The 'VO5 NME Awards Road Trip' has also been announced, which will see the country's biggest acts and radio personalities play one-off special DJ sets in partnership with leading indie club night Propaganda.

Launching on January 18, and spanning the three weeks leading up to the NME Awards 2018, the line-up will feature rock 'n' roll heroes such as The Vaccines, Idles, The Amazons and Bastille with more sets to be announced.

Huw Stephens said: "Propaganda always put on such a great party so I'm really looking forward to dialling it up further with the guys from NME and pushing everyone to vote for their awards on the night."

Speaking on the 'VO5 NME Awards Shows' and 'VO5 NME Awards Road Trip', NME editor-in-chief Mike Williams, said: "This year's line-up of London shows is the best in recent memory, showcasing everything from exciting underground talent like rapper A2 to legendary indie heroes Franz Ferdinand. But we haven't stopped there, and 2018 sees the launch of a brand new nationwide tour, the 'VO5 NME Awards Road Trip', where tons of our favourite bands and artists are coming to DJ and throw a party in a town near you courtesy of our friends at Propaganda. Dance floors of the UK, you have been warned."

It follows the news that Liam Gallagher will receive the Godlike Genius award this year.

The 'Wall of Glass' hitmaker will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Coldplay, Paul Weller, Dave Grohl, his own brother Noel Gallagher - who was given the honour in 2012 - and last year's winners Pet Shop Boys in picking up the prestigious accolade at the annual ceremony at the O2 Academy in Brixton, south London, on February 14, and the former Oasis frontman thinks the prize has been a long time coming.

He said: "I wanna thank the NME for their Godlike Genius award. It's about f**king time as far as I'm concerned."

The full line-up for the 'VO5 NME Award Shows 2018' is as follows:

January 24, Pretty Vicious at The Shacklewell Arms

January 26, She Drew the Gun at Omeara

February 9, The Sherlocks at Electric Ballroom

February 12, Superfood at Scala

February 13, Peace at Omeara

February 22, Public Access TV at Oslo

February 24, Franz Ferdinand at O2 Academy Brixton

February 27, Park Hotel at Moth Club

February 28, Yonaka at The Garage

March 1, A2 at KOKO London

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