…TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION AT NME SHOWS

Doves top tonight's bill - one suspects they won't be trashing their equipment like ...Trail Of Dead or JJ72...

The NME CARLING AWARD shows wind up tonight (February 5) in the LONDON ASTORIA after a week of sell-out gigs.

Doves will headline, with support coming from Ed Harcourt, Elbow and The Cooper Temple Clause, last minute fill-ins for an ill Kings Of Convenience.

The weekend’s shows, whose audience over Saturday (February 3) and Sunday (February 4) included Sex Pistol Paul Cook, Danny Goffey from Supergrass, actor Jonny Lee Miller, Gem Archer from Oasis, Justine Frischmann from Elastica, Kevin Shields, Stuart Braithwaite from Mogwai, Saffron of Republica and Saint Etienne, were marked by explosive finales.

Headliners on both nights, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead and JJ72, closed by smashing their instruments and tossing equipment into the crowd.

….Trail Of Dead started the routine on Saturday (February 3) by passing a guitar into the audience midway through their set, remarking “That’s how we acquired most of our equipment,” before breaking up their drumkit and handing it out as well.

JJ72 were a little more violent, as singer Mark Greaney signalled the end of their show by diving at full tilt into the kit, breaking it up while attempting to kick over a speaker stack as a roadie frantically tried to hold it in place.

Highlight of the weekend was New York five-piece, the MC5, Television, Velvet Underground-tinged The Strokes, who signalled their emergence as a serious force with a peerless set.