Philip Hall Radar Award winners

The Long Blondes are the new band to watch out for

New Yorkshire boy-girl five-piece The Long Blondes have been given the Philip Hall Radar Award tonight (February 23) at the ShockWaves NME Awards 2006.

The award – named in the honour of the late manager of the Manic Street Preachers – is given out by NME to recognise an upcoming talent on the verge of making a big impression.

Last year’s winners Kaiser Chiefs presented the prize.

This year Sheffield band The Long Blondes have been selected to receive the award.

Despite being unsigned – all the members of the band still hold down day jobs as librarians – the group’s potential is clear and they are now being tipped to do great things.

The judging panel for the Philip Hall Radar Award explained their decision declaring the The Long Blondes: “The hottest unsigned band in the country, who are bound to follow in the footsteps of their Sheffield neighbours the Arctic Monkeys. They are definitely a band to watch.”

It’s not a bad start for the band, with previous winners including Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand and The Coral.

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