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NME Awards Big Gig - full details

  • Foo Fighters will headline the NME Awards Big Gig at London's Wembley Arena on February 25. Cee Lo Green, Band Of Horses and No Age are also on the bill for the event.

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • The gig is set to take place two days after the Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony, where Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will pick up the NME Godlike Genius award for 2011. Everyone who buys a ticket to the Wembley gig will get a free Dave Grohl 'Godlike Genius' magazine worth £4.99, available to pick up at the show.

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    Added: 17 Jan 2011

  • Taking the stage before Foo Fighters will be Cee-Lo Green, formerly of Gnarls Barkley and the architect of last year's foul-mouthed smash hit 'Fuck You'. Tickets for the NME Awards Big Gig go on sale at 9am on Wednesday January 19 and are available from NME.COM/TICKETS, or by calling 0871 230 1094.

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    Added: 17 Jan 2011

  • Cee-Lo dropped by the NME office recently to chat about his current album 'The Lady Killer' - check out his laid-back interview style at NME.COM/video.

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    Added: 17 Jan 2011

  • Get the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands and available digitally from Wednesday (19), for more from Grohl and the other acts on the bill. Pictured: Band Of Horses, who are also on the Big Gig bill.

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    Added: 17 Jan 2011

  • Head to NME.COM/awards for the latest awards news, and to vote for the acts you want to see take home the honours this year.

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    Added: 17 Jan 2011

  • No Age hail from Los Angeles and consist of guitarist Randy Randall and drummer/vocalist Dean Allen Spunt. Their third album 'Everything in Between' came out in 2010, on Sub Pop.

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    Added: 17 Jan 2011

  • Check out what we wrote about No Age's current album in September last year: "It's got weird ugly shit on it, but also some properly beautiful tunes - the new Pavement anyone?" Keep clicking for a brief history of the NME Awards Big Gig.

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    Added: 17 Jan 2011

  • In 2010, The Specials headlined NME's Big Gig at The 02, as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts. Frontman Terry Hall was in light-hearted mood: after 'Doesn't Make It Alright', he disappeared for a while, joking he had "to go and put some more Shockwaves in my hair."

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    Added: 17 Jan 2011

  • The Cure played the 2009 Big Gig, after they took home the Godlike Geniuses award the night before. Sharing the bill with Franz Ferdinand, Crystal Castles and White Lies, Robert Smith told NME.com, "When you get onstage there is that competitive element - you can never get rid of it. You wanna be the best thing that's there."

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    Added: 17 Jan 2011

  • Crystal Castles played a rowdy six-song set in 2009, during which Alice Glass picked up one of the huge stage strobe lights and swung it around, threw herself across the drumkit and flung herself around the stage. Ethan Kath later told NME, "It was an honour to be able to play with The Cure. They're definitely an inspiration. They've been great for so long - they never stopped being great."

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    Added: 17 Jan 2011

  • Bloc Party admitted onstage in 2008 that they were overwhelmed by the size of the show. "This is quite a big old venue isn't it?," said Kele Okereke. "I saw Prince here last year... now for our own brand of funk rock!"

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    Added: 17 Jan 2011