RAZORLIGHT WIN BEST NEW BAND AWARD

The band are victorious at this year’s ShockWaves NME Awards 2005

RAZORLIGHT walked away with the BEST NEW BAND award at tonight’s SHOCKWAVES NME AWARDS 2005.

The band triumphed over Kasabian, Babyshambles, The Killers and Bloc Party to scoop the highly contested trophy.

Collecting the award, singer Johnny Borrell said: “It’s like the World Cup… you’ve got to decide who’s the captain to receive it. Carl (Dalemo – bassist) it looks good in your hands.”

He added: “Thanks a lot – and good luck.”

The group, whose debut album ‘Up All Night’ shot into the Top Ten last year, stayed at the ceremony longer than at 2004’s event.

Borrell famously walked out of last year’s NME Awards after finding out that he had not won the Godlike Genius accolade – a title he believed was his.

Razorlight emerged triumphant tonight firmly dismissing rumours that they’re splitting.

The band were forced to pull their biggest ever UK dates after realising at the 11th hour that Borrell wouldn’t be well enough to start their tour at Manchester Apollo on February 4, before visiting London Alexandra Palace which was due to take place last week (February 11-12).

While out in LA, Borrell was rushed to the doctor and diagnosed with a “laryngitis type infection”, leading to the cancellation of a gig and TV appearances in the city.

Razorlight will now kick off a full UK tour next month, kicking off at the Manchester Apolloon March 13.