Blossoms have been announced as headliners for this year’s VO5 NME Awards Tour.
Support will come from indie newcomers Cabbage, who featured in the BBC’s Sound Of 2017 poll, and Rory Wynne who, like Blossoms, is from Stockport. Blossoms finished fourth in last year’s BBC poll. For more on Cabbage, click here to read Music Week's recent profile.
The 13-date tour was originally announced last year and tickets have been on sale since November 10.
The run of shows kicks off at Keele’s University Ballroom on March 16 and takes in London’s Roundhouse and O2 Academies in Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and Newcastle. Some dates are already sold out.
Later this year, Blossoms will support The Courteeners at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground (May 27), before playing their biggest show to date at the city’s Castlefield Bowl on July 8.
The five-piece band go into 2017 following a year in which their self-titled debut album peaked at No.1. The record has sold 77,428 copies to date.
In December, Blossoms’ manager Conrad Murray reflected on the band’s success, telling Music Week: “I thought they looked and sounded like a classic band with huge potential. They are five unique personalities, Tom Ogden is a songwriting genius and not one of them has turned into an arsehole yet, which is both wonderful and a little worrying.” In the article, which compared Blossoms with fellow UK breakthrough acts Jack Garratt and Ward Thomas, the band’s agent Charlie Myatt added: “The sky is the limit for them”.
Their album is still ahead of Jack Garratt’s Phase (64,387 sales) and Ward Thomas’ Cartwheels (69,277 sales). It is also out in front of Zayn Malik’s debut, Mind Of Mine, which has 65,658 sales to date.
Last year’s NME Awards Tour was headlined by Bloc Party, with Drenge, Ratboy and Bugzy Malone in support. Previous acts to have played it include Arctic Monkeys, The Killers and Florence + The Machine.