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Sat 12th Feb
Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2011
@ O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham
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Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2011: Crystal Castles + Magnetic Man + Everything Everything + The Vaccines
The Shockwaves NME Awards Tour is back, and for 2011 it's bolder than ever with a line-up representing the most exciting, groundbreaking and visceral acts around.
2011's line-up is headed up by Ethan Kath and Alice Glass, AKA Crystal Castles. They are joined by Magnetic Man, featuring Skream, Benga and scene catalyst Artwork, art-pop purveyors Everything Everything and The Vaccines, who have bagged the coveted opening slot.
This event takes place at O2 Academy Birmingham, which has achieved Silver Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Canadian electro from Toronto's boy-girl duo Crystal Castles, whose lo-fi approach to the genre makes their music both sweet and sincere whilst being every bit as punk as the rest. '...hit and run electropop, flailing, pulsing beeps smashed over an evil beat and driven onward by an incomprehensible shrieked vocal.' - Drowned In Sound.
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After pioneering the dubstep sound from their Big Apple Records HQ in Croydon, Skream, Benga and Artwork formed Magnetic Man. As with many a superhero, their lair no longer exists. But the trio have moved onto bigger conquests, creating an inimitable dark and bassy sound that has rumbled its way to core gigs worldwide. With ongoing support from names such as Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Mistajam and Pete Tong, Magnetic Man's live show is simply devastating.
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This Manchester outfit blend falsetto vocals with synths, guitars and discordant pop hooks. Quirky singles like 'Photoshop Handsome' have seen comparisons to XTC, Wild Beasts and Django Django, but the band also have a sound all of their own. Their 2011 debut release 'Man Alive' received a Mercury Music Prize nomination, while their second album 'Arc' reached no.5 on the UK album charts. 2015 sees the release of highly anticapted third album 'Get To Heaven'.
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London-based four-piece The Vaccines firmly believe that less is more, with songs like 'Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)' clocking in at under two minutes! Their fast and furious brand of giddy rock 'n' roll could almost be the sound of the Libertines and Ramones falling down the stairs at 100MPH.
The band released their debut album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines in 2011, the follow up, Come Of Age, in 2012 (which reached number one in the UK album charts) with the highly anticipated 3rd release English Graffiti following in 2015.
"On record the Vaccines wallow in the echo-drenched wooziness made famous by the Jesus And Mary Chain, but live they reach back further through pop's past glories, stirring the shimmering girl group drama conjured by Phil Spector and scuzzed up by the Ramones." -The Guardian.
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Venue: O2 Academy Birmingham
Disabled Access: Silver Status
Enquiries: 0905 020 3999 (25p per min)
Bookings: 0844 477 2000
Disabled Bookings: 0121 622 8250
→ New Street 8 min walk
→ Corporation Street 10 min walk
→ Bull Street 12 min walk
→ New Street 7 min walk