Bands wanting to play can be nominated by uploading a YouTube video onto Graham Coxon’s website with fans invited to like on Facebook or share on Twitter to show their support, although the final decision as to who plays is Coxon’s.
Leading the pack at the moment is Sean de Burca, an instrumental acoustic fingerpicking guitarist from Kent who stands head and shoulders above the majority nominations - mainly boring boys with guitars.
The dates will be the legendary American songwriter’s only mainland shows, the others being Dublin and the Isle of Wight festival, with spare tickets likely to be rarer than a free seat on the 8.15am Northern Line from Archway.
Other Americans booking their flights into Heathrow are The Shins who bring their swooning indie dream-pop to the HMV Forum in Kentish Town on 22 March. The All Tomorrows Parties show is in support of their frankly fantastic forthcoming long player Port of Morrow, and their only UK date.
Tickets for Tom Petty and The Shins (£20+bf) go on sale Friday 20 January at 9am and 10am, through The Royal Albert Hall and ATP websites respectively. Graham Coxon (17.50+bf) and Fanfarlo (£11+bf) are available now through See Tickets.