11/01/2012 10:05 GMT | Updated 12/03/2012 05:12 GMT

Blur Guitarist Graham Coxon To Audition Unsigned Bands To Join His Solo Tour

Musician Graham Coxon is giving unsigned bands the chance to support him on his upcoming tour by auditioning on his website.

The Blur guitarist heads out on a solo trek around the country in April and he's urging up-and-coming acts to upload a demo tape - and his fans can then vote for their favourites.

The most popular groups will be given a slot on the bill, and Coxon hopes it will lead to a party atmosphere at each gig on the tour.

He tells NME magazine: "I don't know if anyone has done something like this before, it just seemed like quite a good way of having something a bit different every night.

"And if the bands have a local fanbase, all the better - we get to have a right old knees-up."

Coxon is set to release his eighth solo album, A+E, as he launches the trek in April - a follow up to his last solo effort The Spinning Top in 2009, which he released before the Blur reunion took shape.

The musician will play a total of 14 dates on the tour, taking in cities including Oxford, Glasgow, Manchester and Brighton.