The ultimate rock 'n' roll bash is finally here

Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, The Killers and My Chemical Romance will go head to head tonight (March 1) as the Shockwaves NME Awards 2007 finally kicks into gear.

This year’s ultimate rock ‘n’ roll bash, which will be hosted for the last time at the soon to be demolished Hammersmith Palais in London, features an all star line-up with the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian, The View, The Killers and Godlike Geniuses Primal Scream performing exclusive sets.

Jarvis Cocker and The Gossip singer Beth Ditto will also be teaming for a special collaboration on the night.

Fronted by DJ, TV star and former indie hitmaker Lauren Laverne, the ceremony will see the likes of Arctic Monkeys battling it out with Kasabian, The Killers, My Chemical Romance and Muse for Best Album.

Best British Band will be a straight fight between Muse, Babyshambles, Oasis, Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys while Best International Band will see The Killers competing with CSS, The Strokes, My Chemical Romance and We Are Scientists.

Arctic Monkeys will also go head to head with Kasabian, My Chemical Romance, Babyshambles and Muse for Best Live Band.

In the Best New Band category Dundee four-piece The View will be throwing their hat in the ring with the likes of Klaxons, The Horrors, The Fratellis and The Kooks.

In the solo artist category Jarvis Cocker will be looking to edge ahead of Lily Allen, Thom Yorke, Jamie T and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

The stars will be donning the red carpet from 4pm before the awards kick off in earnest from 7pm.

For more coverage from this year’s awards check our on site blogs:

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Plus make sure you click back to watch the whole bash online from 12.30am on Saturday (March 3).

Meanwhile, get next week’s special edition issue of NME out on UK newsstands from March 7 for the ultimate coverage of the Shockwaves NME Awards 2007.