NME Awards Making U.S. Debut In April
Two days prior to the launch of this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, British music magazine NME will hold its first U.S.-based awards ceremony at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre on ApriTwo days prior to the launch of this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, British music magazine NME will hold its first U.S.-based awards ceremony at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre on April 23.
The announcement arrives on the heels of London's NME music awards, which took place on Feb. 28. The Arctic Monkeys dominated the event, winning best British band, best track and best video prizes.
The inaugural U.S. NME Awards is a joint venture between NME and Goldenvoice, which books concerts into the El Rey and produces the annual Coachella festival. Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice is a subsidiary of AEG Live.
The winners of the U.S. NME Awards will be determined by votes received via NME.com. Award categories for the event will include best band, best album, best track and best live band, along with the Godlike Genius Award, which will be handpicked by NME's editorial team.
Meanwhile, the NME Awards Tour, which features Kate Nash, begins April 15 in Atlanta and wraps May 13 in San Francisco. The North American trek is being produced by Goldenvoice alternative touring division Art Show, which is headed by Elyse Rogers.
Here are dates for the NME Awards Tour:
April 15: Atlanta (Variety Playhouse)
April 16: Asheville, N.C. (Orange Peel)
April 17: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
April 18: Baltimore (Recher Theatre)
April 19: Philadelphia (the Trocadero)
April 21: Boston (the Paradise)
April 23-24: New York (Webster Hall)
April 26: Indio, Calif. (Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival)
April 28: Toronto (Phoenix Theatre)
April 30: Detroit (St. Andrews)
May 2: Chicago (the Vic)
May 3: Minneapolis (First Ave.)
May 5: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theatre)
May 8: Vancouver (Richard's On Richards)
May 9: Seattle (Showbox)
May 11: Portland, Ore. (Wonder Ballroom)
May 13: San Francisco (the Fillmore)