BIGGEST EVER SHOCKWAVES NME AWARDS SHOWS ANNOUNCED!

And you can get your hands on tickets here NOW...

Tickets for this year’s SHOCKWAVES NME AWARDS SHOWS 2005 go on sale today (December 7) for a line-up that is sure to be the biggest ever.

Hollywood superstars, romantic reunions after years of estrangement and the hottest new British talent around are all on the menu in the run-up to the ShockWaves NME Awards in a central London location on February 17.

Throughout the month, London Astoria will play host to the annual carnival of essential new music. Sunday February 13 sees The Ordinary Boys return stronger than ever with a new drummer and a flurry of new songs.

Singer Preston told NME.COM: “The songs are just more mature and more soulful. The first album was pretty much about the fact that I’d had shit jobs for two years, but I’m out of that now. There’s a lot of stuff about our fans and the Ordinary Army and making sure everyone’s on the same wavelength. We want to make sure everyone understands the outline of what we’re about, and our ethics.”

The following day sees LCD Soundsystem head up a Valentine’s Day special alongside fellow electronic pioneers Soulwax, UK mixmen The Go! Team, plus the first ever UK show from Hollywood actress Juliette Lewis’ punk rock side project The Licks.

Then on Tuesday 15, Hope Of The States head up a bill that includes Glasgow’s Sons and Daughters, emo-tech upstarts The Bravery and Bright Eyes prodigy Willy Mason.

“It’s amazing really,” Hope Of The States singer Sam Herlihy told NME.COM. “We were first one last year and that was where things really started for us – people knowing about us and playing a big venue. We did our own show there a few weeks ago and to have done that and go back and do it again is great because that’s where I used to go and see bands all the time.”

But sure to be the most eagerly awaited will be the biggest show to date from Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler’s new band The Tears. They’ll be joined by The Magic Numbers, The Dead 60s and nu-grungers Nine Black Alps.

Speaking recently, Brett told NME: “There’s a lot of people out there who were worried about us getting back together and tarnishing what we’ve done before. But the first thing we said when we got back together was that we won’t release a note of music unless the album’s spectacular.”

Tickets for the shows go on sale today at 4pm and the only place you can get your hands on them is right here at NME.COM. To get your hands on tickets for:

The Ordinary Boys, Eastern Lane and The Subways (February 13) – [url=]click here

LCD Soundsystem, Soulwax, The Go! Team, Juliette and the Licks (14) – [url=]click here

Hope of the States, Sons and Daughters, The Bravery, Willy Mason (15) – [url=]click here

The Tears, The Magic Numbers, The Dead 60s, Nine Black Alps (16) – [url=]click here

Alternatively you can call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.