Arctic Monkeys named Best New Band

The Sheffield group triumph at ShockWaves NME Awards 2006

Arctic Monkeys have been named best new band at the ShockWaves NME Awards 2006 tonight (February 23).

The band saw off stiff competition to triumph in the award voted for by NME readers and listeners of BBC Radio 1.

Frontman Alex Turner said after Zane Lowe presented them with the prize: “I didn’t know it was fancy dress”, before adding that he liked the spaceship-style stage.

The Sheffield band, who chalked up the fastest selling UK debut album of all time last month with ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I Not, were clearly buoyed in the voting after they proved a hit on the recent ShockWaves NME Awards Tour.

Arctic Monkeys[/a] faced a tough challenge for Best New Band with Editors, The Magic Numbers[/a], Maxio Park and We Are Scientists all nominated.

The latter two also appeared on the recent awards tour, but were pipped to the prize by their tourmates.

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