The Oxford trio play Shockwaves NME Awards Show

The Young Knives gave fans a taster of their new material at the band’s Shockwaves NME Awards Show tonight (February 26).

The group, who have taken the last few months off in order to write new material, showcased two new songs at the gig, held at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

The new tracks, ‘Fit 4 U’ and ‘Lightswitch’, saw the band take a more melodic, but still upbeat, direction.

Bounding onstage just before 10pm, the Oxford-based trio launched into ‘Part Timer’ and ‘She’s Attracted To’, admitting that they were extremely nervous.

Singer Henry Dartnell told the crowd: “We’ve always wanted to be the main band on here! It’s an incredible evening.”

The group also performed the majority of their debut album ‘Voices Of Animals And Men’, including ‘Here Comes The Rumour Mill’ and ‘The Decision’.

Speaking to NME.COM after the gig, Henry Dartnell said: “This wasn’t just a night for the NME where there’s loads of bands on and we’re part of it, we’re headlining the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, which I hadn’t really clocked. It was good, I was glad it went well-ish.”

The Young Knives played:

‘Part Timer’

‘She’s Attracted To’

‘Dialing Darling’

‘Loughborough Suicide’


‘Mystic Energy’

‘Fit 4 U’

‘Tremblings Of Trails’

‘The Decision’

‘In The Pink’

‘Kramer Vs Kramer’

‘Weekends And Bleak Days (Hot Summer)’

‘Here Comes The Rumour Mill’



The main support came from The Rumble Strips, who performed a brass-led half-hour set, including their 2006 single ‘Motorcycle’.

New rave pioneers Datarock also performed, getting the crowd dancing along to tunes including ‘Sex Me Up’ and ‘I Used To Dance With My Daddy’.

Earlier in the evening, Foals warmed up the audience with their experimental punk-funk, before leaving to perform at a London squat party.