Following news that they will be named Godlike Geniuses at the 2009 Shockwaves NME Awards, The Cure has been confirmed as headliners for the accompanying Big Gig at the O2 arena in London.
The Big Gig is held the night after the NME Awards, which in 2009 will take place Feb. 25 at Brixton Academy.
It debuted after this year’s awards and was headlined by 2008 Godlike Geniuses Manic Street Preachers and also featured Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, The Cribs and Johnny Marr.
“When The Cure play now we almost always play three hours plus, taking songs from every era of the band’s career,” said the band’s frontman and founding member Robert Smith in a statement. “We’ll have to cut it down a bit for the Big Gig but we’ll still try to reflect what we’ve done over the years… with maybe even a few surprises thrown in to make it that bit more special.”
The Cure’s 13th studio album, “4:13 Dream” (Suretone/Geffen), was released in the U.K. Oct. 27.