The show has long been a place to make new best friends for music's finest
Wouldn’t have expected Kasabian and princes of darkness The Horrors to be mates, but that’s the great thing about the NME awards – they bring everyone together. Aw.
The Vaccines’ Justin Young and The Smiths’ Johnny Marr pair up for a quick performance.
The ol’ charmer Ronnie Wood dives in for a peck on the cheek with the ever-glamourous Florence Welch.
Rivals in the Best New Band category in 2014, but friends at heart – it’s Eoin from Drenge and Ellie from Wolf Alice.
Palma Violets frontman Chilli gets the kiss of approval from Marr.
And here the legendary guitarist gets ready to savour some tasty pizza with Jarvis Cocker.
Props to our photographer for staying cool enough to catch this meeting of icons while everyone else presumably wet themselves with excitement.
MKS (fka Sugababes, obvs) join Metronomy to open the 2014 ceremony.
A little Birmingham love-in from Peace’s Harry and Swim Deep’s Cavan.
Old friends Jamie and Florence reunite in 2015. They were practically inseparable throughout the show according to the amount of photos we’ve got of them together.
Kaiser Chiefs bassist Simon no doubt passes on some words of wisdom to The Vaccines’ guitarist Freddie.
Arctic Monkeys covered the pop group’s massive single ‘Love Machine’ in 2006 and a year later the two bands got the chance to meet.
AKA the king and queen of nu rave.
What a blast from the past this photo is, featuring members of The Automatic, Klaxons, The Gossip and The Horrors.
Kate and Billy teamed up during the ’07 ceremony to perform ‘Foundations’ and ‘A New England’ together.
Hardcore punks Gallows collaborated with grime artist Lethal Bizzle on their cover of The Ruts’ ‘Staring At The Rude Bois’ in 2007 and brought their incendiary version to the indigO2 in 2008.
The Catatonia singer was a special guest during Manic Street Preachers’ Godlike Genius performance.
The NME Awards USA were a star-studded affair with celebrities, indie and otherwise, filling LA’s El Rey Theatre.
NME Awards Tour buddies Glasvegas’ James and Florence share a giggle.
This boozy photo was actually from the beginning of the night in 2009. Imagine what the scene was by the end.
Half of Franz Ferdinand stop for a quick snap with La Roux before hitting the stage to cover Blondie’s ‘Call Me’ together.
The Distillers’ frontwoman handed the Leeds band their prize for Best Music Video in 2014.
Now this is a collaboration we’d like to see – Metronomy’s Joe Mount and Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker pull out their best candid poses in the winners’ room.
Lily just loves a bit of La Roux.
Marina joins the Scots trio for a slowed down cover of their hit ‘Many Of Horror’.
The Drums celebrate their Phillip Hall Radar Award victory by, er, hanging in the corridor with Mark Ronson.
Two legends together again. The Clash hero also joined Primal Scream on stage at the NME Awards 2007.
Reigning pop queen Charli meets one of her predecessors in the winners’ room.
Half of Peace horse around with the Manics’ James Dean Bradfield.
The Led Zeppelin guitarist is treated to a Run The Jewels sandwich. Tasty.
And then immediately jumped into a Royal Blood one. A busy night indeed.
Don’t let their angry faces fool you – the Kasabian and Maccabees guitarists are two of the nicest men in music.
Slaves’ guitarist Laurie pounces on the Libertines’ drummer.
How’s this for a gang picture? Two of the biggest British bands around squeeze in tight for this shot.
Carl’s one of Rat Boy’s heroes, if you couldn’t tell from his face.
Those cheeky Slaves boys get up close and personal with their fellow guests again.