Camp Bestival

Foo Fighters set for a Big NME Gig

After Dave Grohl was announced as this year’s NME Godlike Genius, it has been confirmed he will perform along with his Foo Fighting pals at the NME Awards Big Gig 2011.

The prestigious event will take place at London’s Wembley Arena on Friday, February 25, with support from Cee Lo Green, Band of Horses and No Age, and will mark the Foo’s first arena gig of 2011 ahead of huge headline slots at some of this year’s biggest European festivals.

The ex-Nirvana drummer is expected to roll out many of his classic tracks, as well as some up-till-now unheard material from the Foo’s forthcoming album – which is so fresh it still doesn’t have a name.

The Godlike Genius, Mr 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.

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Dave Grohl is a Godlike Genius

Following in the footsteps of such luminaries as Shaun Ryder, The Clash, Ian Brown and 2010 winner Paul Weller, Dave Grohl has been announced as the NME’s Godlike Genius for 2011.

He is the first American to receive the prestigious title having started his career as the drummer of Nirvana, before going on to form the Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures and Scream, while also being involved with Queens of the Stone Age amongst many other groups.

The multi-platinum selling rock artist will pick up the award in person, and also perform with the rest of the Foo Fighters, exclusively at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 ceremony at the 02 Academy Brixton on Wednesday, February 23.

Dave Grohl says: “It’s really flattering and really good company to be in. It’s a nice thing to be acknowledge for doing something that you love to do, but in truth I don’t consider it a body of work because I don’t consider it work, I just consider it this incredible luxury that I get to play music and travel the world and feed my kids. It’s pretty great.

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Merry Christmas!!

With the chocolates in the Get Involved advent calendar down to single figures, and our latest Spotify playlist featuring everyone from The Pogues and Frank Sinatra to East 17 being rinsed, the seasonal vibe is thriving amongst the GI Crew.

With sleigh bells ringing and mulled wine warming, our Christmas Party was a great way to wrap up the year- and actor/comedian extraordinaire Mat Horne from Gavin and Stacey even turned up to be our festive quiz master.

This year has been another fantastic year, particularly at the UK Festival Awards. Our very own Bestival took home the top prize of Best Major Festival while Camp Bestival won Best Family Festival – woo hoo! Equally, a big well done to our clients, RockNess and Snowbombing, who took home Best Line Up and Best European Festival respectively – well deserved wins!!

Also in the past month, we have launched the Shockwaves NME Awards Shows and Tours featuring the likes of Crystal Castles and Magnetic Man through to Carl Barat, Warpaint and Caribou, as well as the line-up for Bestival 2011 which we are ecstatic to announce will be headlined by none-other than The Cure. Joining them will be Brian Wilson, Primal Scream presents Screamadelica Live and Magnetic Man amongst some other belters, and plenty more to be announced very soon.

We have worked with some amazing people this year – that’s you folks! – and we would like to say a massive THANKS to you all. We couldn’t have done it without you so thanks for all the support.

So just before we head off for some festive cheer, we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Scroll down for some of the other stuff we have been up to in the last month, click Read More to check out our shiny new website, and stay in touch because we have some incredibly special stuff lined up for 2011!

Love and kisses from all at Get Involved xxx

NME Awards Shows

The iconic NME Awards Shows kick off in 2011 with a superlative line-up that will see them taking over London, setting the musical agenda for the year ahead. Featuring Carl Barat, White Lies, Caribou, Crocodiles and recent NME cover stars Warpaint, amongst a host of the most exciting acts around, the shows run from February 1st and continue throughout the month, building up anticipation for the legendary NME Awards on February 23rd. Spread across some of London’s best music venues, the NME Awards Shows are set to make a huge impact on the capital’s live scene, with a month-long mix of live music from the best influential, established and cutting edge acts around.

NME Editor and Awards Shows architect Krissi Murison said of the shows: “I’m really excited to have so many great new artists and returning heroes playing NME Awards Shows next year. Plus, this is just the start – expect more names to be added to the line-up in the coming weeks.”
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We’re teaming up with the NME!

Woo – hoo! Its great to be on board with the NME Awards 2011 and with the NME Awards Tour announced this week it’s all systems go at GI Towers. With a stellar line up of Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, Everything Everything and The Vaccines, the NME yet again surpass themselves in bringing the best new music directly to the fans.

The Awards Tour runs from Feb 3rd to 19th with the soon to be announced NME Shows running throughout February in London venues. The Tours and Shows all lead up to the biggest date in the music calendar – the legendary NME Awards on Feb 23rd which is followed by the NME Awards Big Gig featuring a very exciting line-up to be announced shortly