Plus Bobby Gillespie, Big Pink and Courteeners hit the red carpet
The acts hit the red carpet to enter London‘s O2 Academy Brixton venue, posing for photographers before entering the venue.
Noel Fielding explained why he was wearing a massive white coat, saying: “I’m wearing a warm Inuit coat ’cause we’re doing a film about the arctic at the moment.”
Muse‘s Matt Bellamy revealed why he’s always at the ceremony, saying: “We always come – it’s the best awards show because you always have bands playing. That makes the difference. Looking forward to seeing Kasabian. The live award? It’s time for us to fade away and let some of the young guns go through. I don’t think we’ll win it – it’ll be Kasabian or Arctic Monkeys.”
“It’s good to be here, looking forward to playing – we’d like to play more songs!” said The Specials‘ Neville Staple, while The Courteeners‘ Liam Fray declared: “I think maybe Kasabian for Best Live Band.”
“I think our performance is gonna be by far the best thing that happens tonight!” laughed Biffy Clyro‘s Simon Neil. “I love these awards – it’s a chance to drink free booze and catch up with friends you haven’t seen for ages. What’s not to like?!”
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