Groups hit the red carpet for the ceremony
The acts hit the red carpet to enter London‘s O2 Academy Brixton venue, posing for photographers and talking to journalists.
Felix White from The Maccabees was impressed by a member of Maximo Park‘s beard, saying: “I’ve just seen Paul Smith‘s got a beard, so that’s exciting. It’s a really strong beard.”
Lily Allen also arrived, and seems to have a secret admirer in the shape of legendary guitarist Slash, who said: “You know what, I don’t know if I’ve been to these awards before… I think I have! But I’m here now. I just really want someone to introduce me to Lily Allen, I guess.”
Leigh Francis, dressed as his Keith Lemon alter-ego, said: “I’m into leather. You know Chico? Yesterday I did a video with him, we swapped belts, I had a Marks and Spencers belt and he gave me this one [shows off gaudy glittery skull belt].”
“My musical icons are Charles And Eddie (sings ‘Would I Lie To You’),” he revealed.
The Drums‘ Jonathan Pierce was excited by his debut Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony, saying: “It is our first time at the awards. It’s our first time at everything. Who do we want to win? All our friends from the NME tour.”
“I’m doing alright!” he said. “I’ve come prepared, I’ve got these [shows alka seltzer]. Drinking? Yeah, tea, coffee, orange juice… Who do I want to win? Maybe Oasis.”
Arctic Monkeys‘ Matt Helders, arriving with bassist Nick O’Malley, displayed some good sportsmanship as his arrived on the red carpet: “Kasabian? I love them, there’s no rivalry. Who do I want to meet? Slash! Kasabian should win. But I want to win Best Live or Best Album, as long as it’s not Worst Album!”
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