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Ida Maria suffered a gashed knee while playing her support slot at the Shockwaves NME Awards Show at the London Astoria venue on Tuesday night (February 26).

While playing her final song on her Young Knives support slot, ‘Oh My God’, Maria fell to her knees violently, wounding herself nastily, which you can see in the picture..

Various crowd members shouted in horror upon noticing the blood gushing from her knee, although Maria herself didn’t notice the wound until she left the stage soon afterwards.

Speaking to NME.COM, Maria revealed that the injury was the result of being annoyed by having to play her set before a set by rival band Ungdomskulen.

“The thing is, we were kind of pissed off,” she told NME.COM. “This band [Ungdomskulen] were gonna play but we didn’t know we had to go on before them.

“We had a dispute with them in Norway. We love them, but we disagree with them about several things. So we went on stage and thought, ‘Let’s fucking show them’.

I fell to my knees hard. I didn’t notice the blood, but I heard someone in the audience screaming this raw, primal scream from the bottom of their heart.

“When I came off stage I thought it was dirt [on my knee] – the floor of the Astoria is not so clean. Then I poured water on it and noticed the blood. I felt sick and had to go back to my hotel. It’s going to leave a nice scar, I think.”

Ida Maria’s next single, ‘Stella’, is released on March 10.

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