February 23, 2011 11:00
The Naked And Famous win Philip Hall Radar Award at the Shockwaves NME Awards
Band follow in footsteps of The Drums, Glasvegas and The Big Pink
The New Zealand five-piece, whose debut album 'Passive Me, Aggressive You' is released next month in the UK, took to the stage at London's O2 Academy Brixton to collect the award.
They were handed the trophy by The Drums, who picked it up last year.
Co-vocalist and guitarist Thom Powers spoke on behalf of the band as their other singer Alisa Xayalith waved the trophy in the air.
"Now I understand why we were sitting right there," Powers said, referencing the band's table location. "Thank you very much. I'm not even sure anybody even knew who we were here. We're not from around here, but cheers!"
The honour is given to the band who are deemed the most worthy to have graduated from NME's Radar pages over the past year.
Previous winners of the award include Glasvegas and The Big Pink.
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