Following the news Dave Grohl will be awarded the prestigious NME Godlike Genius Award at this year’s awards show, Grohl will also take to the stage with the Foo Fighters to headline the NME Awards Big Gig 2011 at Wembley Arena on Friday, February 25th.
Thousands of Foo fans will enjoy a triumphant set, in what will be their first arena gig of the year. It is anticipated that unheard material from the band’s new album will be mixed in with the old favourites. Dave Grohl said: “I don’t think I’m godlike or a genius. It’s flattering. It’s a nice thing to be acknowledged for doing something you love to do… In truth I don’t consider it a body of work because I don’t consider it work.”
Joining Foo Fighters will be Cee Lo Green having set the internet alight in 2010 with ‘F*** You’, one of the year’s most controversial and popular singles, and his critically lauded album Lady Killer. Cee Lo added: “I’m so excited man, any Cee Lo show is good, but Cee Lo and Foo Fighters, it’s going to be off the hook.”
With their third album Infinite Arms gaining a wealth of end-of-year plaudits, including a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album, further support on the night will come from South Carolina’s Band of Horses, whose widescreen Americana and commanding standout main stage sets at the likes of Farm Aid, Austin City Limits and more have earned them a devoted and growing fanbase. Meanwhile Sub Pop alt. rock duo No Age will open the show with a dose of breakneck art-punk.
Tickets for the NME Awards 2011 Big Gig go on sale exclusively from www.nme.com/tickets on Wednesday January 19th at 9am, before remaining tickets go on general sale on Friday 21st January at 9am.
Ticket price is £40 (plus booking fee), which includes a free copy of a 100-page special NME Dave Grohl magazine worth £4.99.