SUEDE’S POSITIVE RETURN

And they play it in front of U2, Radiohead and, erm, The Corrs at the Hot Press music awards...

U2, Radiohead, THE CORRS and Ash were all present at an award ceremony in BELFAST last night (April 26) that also saw Suede play mooted single ‘POSITIVITY’ in a rare live appearance.

The acts were at the Hot Press music awards, held at the BBC Blackstaff studio in the city.

U2 picked up the award for Best Live Show for their record-setting Slane Castle gigs last summer. Picking up the gong – which was presented by former Featherweight World Boxing champion Barry McGuigan – frontman Bono joked that he had little time to save the world anymore as he was stuck at home changing nappies.

The band also walked away with awards for best band and Best Singer.

Radiohead‘s Ed O’Brien and Colin Greenwood, present to pick up a gong for Live Gig by an International Act for their performance at Belfast’s Odyssey, joked that it was their last night of freedom as they were returning to England today and heading into the studio to finally begin working on the follow-up to ‘Amnesiac’.

Local hero David Holmes received the Special Contribution to Music Culture Award.

Meanwhile fans of Suede were pleased to see them perform for the first time in the UK with new member Alex Lee. The band also brought a string section along. “It was very simple, straight,” a fan told NME.COM. “It was more like the anthemic middle-period Suede than the early androgynous stuff.”

The show was closed by Ash playing a cover of the Pixies ‘Debaser’. The band, who scooped the awards for Best Album (‘Free All Angels’) and single (‘Shining Light’), were joined onstage by Glenn Hansard of The Frames.

The ceremony and backstage chat will be broadcast on BBC Choice on Saturday (April 26).