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It’s award season! The prestigious Mercury Music Prize recently revealed its shortlist, whilst both the Association of Independent Music (AIM) Awards and the Heavy Music Awards have announced the finalists for each of their categories. From IDLES to Hot Chip, Beartooth to Freya Ridings, here’s a guide of all the award nominees that are heading out on tour soon.

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IDLES

All eyes are on Bristolian punk outfit, Idles, right now. Second album, Joy As An Act Of Resistance is shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize as well as Best Album at the Heavy Music Awards, whilst the band are also leading the way in the AIM awards, with nominations for UK Independent Breakthrough, International Breakthrough, Best [Difficult] Second Album and Best Creative Packaging. Bursting onto the scene in 2017, the band instantly caught people’s attention with their fiery live performances and politically-charged lyrics. From BREXIT to toxic masculinity, they fuel each song with unparalleled passion and energy, and have since become one of the most important voices of 2019.

O2 Academy Leeds: Thursday 5 December* Buy Tickets

*This show is sold out but re-sale tickets may be available through our official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster.

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While She Sleeps

Sheffield heavyweights, While She Sleeps, recently followed up their Best UK Band nomination at the Heavy Music Awards with the announcement of their biggest headline show to date at O2 Academy Brixton. After extensive touring across the globe in support of their obliterating fourth album, SO WHAT?, the band are kicking off the new year by delivering the biggest metal show of the decade, alongside Every Time I Die and fellow HMA nominees, Vein.

O2 Academy Brixton: Friday 24 January Buy Tickets

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Slowthai

Currently one of the forerunners for the Mercury Music Prize is Northampton rapper, slowthai and his debut album, Nothing Great About Britain. Dropping earlier this year it was a boisterous, BREXIT bashing collection of songs that made quite the statement. Heralded as the voice of a downtrodden generation, everything he’s done and created has been for the people, whether it’s selling tour tickets for a fiver or writing a song about racism, slowthai is an artist that everyone can relate to and one that both the fans and the media have accepted very quickly. Could he be the lucky winner this year?

O2 Academy Bristol: Thursday 17 October* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Brixton: Friday 18 October* Buy Tickets

*This show is sold out but re-sale tickets may be available through our official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster.

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Little Simz

With her third album, GREY Area, Little Simz delved into a multitude of soul, funk and pop influences and produced her most mature record to date, whilst still retaining the hip hop roots that first launched her career. No wonder then, that it’s been nominated in the Mercury Music Prize, as well as for Best Independent Album in the AIM Awards (alongside single ‘Selfish’, which has picked up a nod in the Best Independent Track category). Featuring collaborations with Chronixx and Michael Kiwanuka, to name a few, it’s Simz’s biggest vision brought to life and showcases the strength of her talents as a musician.

O2 Academy Oxford: Saturday 14 December Buy Tickets

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Sunday 15 December Buy Tickets

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Gerry Cinnamon

Gerry Cinnamon is one of this year’s greatest success stories. Without any major backing, he self-released his debut album, Erratic Cinematic and has continued to sell out his headline shows, despite the extraordinary growth in venue capacity over the past 18 months. Somewhat of a cult hero in his hometown of Glasgow, this storyteller has captured people’s hearts with his relatable lyrics and vibrant personality, so his nomination for UK Independent Breakthrough at the AIM Awards is truly deserved.

O2 Academy Bournemouth: Monday 11 November* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Brixton: Thursday 14 November* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Brixton: Friday 15 November* Buy Tickets

*This show is sold out but re-sale tickets may be available through our official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster.

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Jade Bird

Another strong leader in the AIM Awards this year is Jade Bird, who’s nominated for UK Independent Breakthrough, International Breakthrough and Best Independent Album. The young singer has crossed boundaries with her folk, country, blues-rock sound and has swiftly become one of the most sought-after artists on the planet, joining Father John Misty, Tom Walker and Hozier on tour alongside an impressive string of headline dates. Baring her soul across her self-titled debut, she’s written each song from the heart and provided a soundtrack for anyone trying to deal with their emotions, but done so in the most spirited way.

O2 Ritz Manchester: Thursday 21 November* Buy Tickets

O2 Institute Birmingham: Saturday 23 November* Buy Tickets

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Wednesday 27 November Buy Tickets

*This show is sold out but re-sale tickets may be available through our official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster.

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Fever 333

Fever 333’s nomination for Best Live Band at the Heavy Music Awards is a no brainer, really, when you consider that they announced themselves as a band with a chaotic performance in an LA car park back in 2017. Since then, they’ve continued to hold riotous protests at festivals and have spent more time off stage then on stage during their performances. Formed from the ashes of some of the world’s greatest hardcore bands, Fever 333 have never gone about things quietly and they’re certainly not going to pipe down anytime soon. Fired up and driven by world turmoil, they’re here to make a stand and are roping in as many people as possible to help make their voices heard.

O2 Institute Birmingham: Saturday 2 November* Buy Tickets

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Thursday 7 November Buy Tickets

*This show is sold out but re-sale tickets may be available through our official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster.

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Yonaka

There’s been a flurry of fresh new talent in the British rock scene over the past 12 months and carrying the torch for the south coast are Yonaka, a feisty quartet who are giving rock and roll a facelift. Their debut album, Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow, hit the UK Top 40 in its first week and has placed the band firmly on the music map, driven by an electric energy and a desire to stand out from the crowd, it’s a defining debut from the band. Their hard-working ethic and sheer passion has already seen them achieve some amazing things, but now with a Heavy Music Awards nomination for Best UK Breakthrough Band to their name, their career is set to go universal.

O2 Academy Oxford: Tuesday 12 November Buy Tickets

O2 Institute Birmingham: Friday 15 November Buy Tickets

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Freya Ridings

Heartbreak never sounded so good with Freya Ridings. Whether it’s personal or on a reality show (her single, ‘Lost Without You’ was a huge hit following its appearance on Love Island), Freya’s become the queen of people’s heartache, as proven with her Most Played New Independent Artist nomination in the AIM Awards. Combining stunning piano compositions with her incredible vocal range, she quickly captured the attention of the nation and people have fallen head over heels for her quintessentially British sound. Selling out venues since the very beginning, the sheer growth of her live shows over the past year is an astonishing and further proves that Freya is no ordinary star.

O2 Academy Newcastle: Monday 11 November Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Glasgow: Tuesday 12 November Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Thursday 14 November Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Leeds: Saturday 16 November Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Sunday 17 November Buy Tickets

O2 Guildhall Southampton: Thursday 21 November Buy Tickets

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Fontaines D.C.

To have your debut album nominated for the Mercury Music Prize is quite something, to then also have it nominated for Best Independent Album and Best Independent Track (‘Boys In The Better Land’) at the AIM Awards is a phenomenal achievement. For Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. this is a reality and it’s all the evidence you need that they’re a band destined to take over the world. Causing carnage wherever they play, be it a sweaty underground venue or a festival stage, they always deliver an unforgettable performance and it’s this explosive energy that has catapulted them into the spotlight.

O2 Ritz Manchester: Tuesday 19 November* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Liverpool: Wednesday 20 November* Buy Tickets

O2 Institute Birmingham: Monday 25 November* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Oxford: Tuesday 26 November* Buy Tickets

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Wednesday 27 November* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Newcastle: Friday 10 January Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Brixton: Tuesday 25 February Buy Tickets

*This show is sold out but re-sale tickets may be available through our official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster.

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Beartooth

Over three albums, countless festival appearances and worldwide touring, Beartooth have established themselves as mainstays in the heavy music world. Aggressive and rich with emotion, their latest offering, Disease, is a triumphant, albeit bleak record that sees frontman, Caleb Shomo, battling his demons in his rawest form. They may be up against some huge names in the Best International Band category at the Heavy Music Awards, but they’ve proven their worth amongst the big dogs and could be the ones to take home the crown.

O2 Academy Bristol: Monday 24 February Buy Tickets

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Nilüfer Yanya

The past 18 months have been pretty overwhelming for Nilufer Yanya. Following a nod in the BBC Sound of 2018, she quickly rose to attention and was dubbed once of the coolest and most exciting new artists on the block. Her debut album, Miss Universe, landed earlier this year with its kaleidoscopic fusion of indie, jazz and cinematic sounds that whirl around your mind every time you listen. Taking her music around the world, to her father’s homeland of Istanbul and beyond, she’s truly earned her stripes as a performer and is highly deserving of her AIM Awards International Breakthrough nomination.

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Tuesday 19 November Buy Tickets

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The Faim

The fact that Aussie pop-rock quartet, The Faim, could be winning Best International Breakthrough at the Heavy Music Awards before they’ve even released their debut album is pretty impressive. The band have been working tirelessly since they first emerged in early 2018, embarking on global tours with PVRIS and Sleeping With Sirens, taking every festival slot they could get their hands on and delivering the best music that they’re capable of. The hard work has paid off, though and there’s no doubt that once their debut full-length, State Of Mind, is out in the world, that The Faim’s career will take off to stratospheric levels.

Arts Club, Liverpool: Friday 30 August Buy Tickets

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Dream State

After a phenomenal 2018, South Wales band, Dream State have spent much of the year so far putting the finishing touches to their debut album, recently revealing a taste of what’s to come with single, ‘Primrose’. Picking up the gong for Best Newcomer at The Kerrang! Awards last year, there’s a chance they could be adding to the collection with the Best UK Breakthrough Band at the Heavy Music Awards, which for a band so early in their career is a massive achievement. Scoring slots at the UK’s biggest rock festivals as well as touring alongside Neck Deep and The Amity Affliction, they’ve already made an impact on the live circuit and will continue their reign with a full headline tour later this year.

The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth: Wed 30 Oct Buy Tickets

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Black Peaks

Already this year, Black Peaks have toured with Enter Shikari, Nothing More and Gojira, which, when you add that to a list of previous support slots with Mastodon, Architects, Dillinger Escape Plan and more, you’ve got one impressive live resume. Then again, Black Peaks are no ordinary band and with second album, All That Divides, they’ve crossed sonic landscapes to deliver one of the greatest heavy records of recent times. No surprise then, to see it nominated for Best Album at the Heavy Music Awards, alongside their second nomination for Best UK Band. If all of that hasn’t got you convinced, then just come and see them for yourselves.

O2 Institute Birmingham: Sunday 6 October Buy Tickets

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Hot Chip

Hot Chip have never been a band that wanted to fit in or conform to music norms and seventh album, A Bath Full Of Ecstasy, sees them pushing their boundaries further than before. Lead single, ‘Hungry Child’ offers six minutes of glorious, soulful house music with an accompanying eye-grabbing video, which has picked up a nomination for Best Independent Video at this year’s AIM Awards. There aren’t many bands that can happily make it to their seventh record, but Hot Chip are somewhat of a British institution now. Adored for their euphoric and colourful melodies they’ve soundtracked many a party over the years and will undoubtedly soundtrack many more to come.

O2 Institute Birmingham: Friday 18 October Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Bristol: Monday 21 October Buy Tickets

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Boston Manor

With their second album, Welcome To The Neighbourhood, Boston Manor levelled up and instantly became strong players in the alternative world. Putting their pop-punk roots to rest, they’ve transformed into a dark and exciting new monster that could go on to achieve global stardom. Wrapping up the album’s package is its artwork, created by Josh Halling & Martin Ruffin, it’s what’s landed them a nomination for Best Artwork at the Heavy Music Awards and adds to the murkiness of the entire record. Following a huge stint in the US with A Day To Remember, the band will be back on UK soil for a major performance at Reading and Leeds festival, before then embarking on a long-awaited headline tour that’ll truly bring the album to life.

The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth: Wed 6 Nov Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Leicester: Friday 8 November Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Sheffield: Thursday 14 November Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Liverpool: Friday 15 November Buy Tickets