Lily Allen – behind the scenes on her NME cover shoot

Photo: Tom Oxley

Lily Allen – behind the scenes on her NME cover shoot

The cover image for this week’s NME magazine. We went to New York to shoot Lily Allen for our special festival guide, so keep clicking for some exclusive behind-the-scenes shots from the shoot. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Lily Allen – behind the scenes on her NME cover shoot

Make up artist Mike Potter applies some final touches to Lily before the shoot. Potter has his own range of cosmetics out called Knock Out, a favourite brand of Karen O. Check out www.koknockout.com for more. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Lily Allen – behind the scenes on her NME cover shoot

Lily loved the flowers we bought in for the shoot and lay patiently as they were arranged around her. Check out this week’s mag for her life in festivals and some very special advice for anyone heading out to a field this summer – including how to avoid defecating for a week… Photo: Tom Oxley

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Lily Allen – behind the scenes on her NME cover shoot

The night before the shoot Lily played a sold-out gig at Roseland Ballroom. She has also just announced a short UK tour in November. Head over to www.nme.com/artists/lily-allen for more details. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Lily Allen – behind the scenes on her NME cover shoot

Lily came to the shoot wearing the same chic summery top from the gig at Roseland Ballroom the night before. During her set she had a cake-eating contest between a fat man and a thin man. The more svelt competitor won, and his prize was more cake. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Lily Allen – behind the scenes on her NME cover shoot

Photographer Tom Oxley always has an iPod playlist ready for the stars he shoots. Lily was treated to the likes of The Clash’s ‘Magnificent Seven’, Thunderheist’s ‘Sweet 16’ and Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five’s ‘New York, New York’ during the shoot. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Lily Allen – behind the scenes on her NME cover shoot

One of the final shots used in this week’s NME. The mag reveals the top ten festival anthems you can look forward to this summer, including The Prodigy’s ‘Out Of Space’ and ‘In For The Kill’ by La Roux. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Lily Allen – behind the scenes on her NME cover shoot

Lily plays with some of the flowers we bought in a mad dash from the local shop just before the shoot. Several hundred of them were required along with astroturf and some fake butterflies to recreate the festival feel.  Photo: Tom Oxley

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Lily Allen – behind the scenes on her NME cover shoot

Lily Allen shot exclusively for NME in New York on April 21. In this week’s NME she tells us all about her childhood at Glastonbury, hanging out with Joe Strummer and borrowing Mohamed Al Fayed's helicopter. Pic: Tom Oxley

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Lily Allen – behind the scenes on her NME cover shoot

Lily’s outline on the ground. Get this week’s NME for the full interview plus a festivals special packed with survival advice, listings and the top ten new bands you need to see this summer. Pic: Tom Oxley

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Lily Allen – behind the scenes on her NME cover shoot

Lily out on the balcony of New York’s Bowery Hotel. Look closely and you can see the Manhattan skyline in her shades. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Lily Allen – behind the scenes on her NME cover shoot

A white screen is erected for the Lily Allen cover shoot in New York last month. This week’s NME is a festivals special with a host of stars including Fleet Foxes, Def Leppard, Jarvis Cocker, Little Boots and more. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Lily Allen – behind the scenes on her NME cover shoot

The cover shoot for this week’s NME took place in a huge conference room in New York’s Bowery Hotel, where our pictures team recreated a summer field and sky indoors on a cloudy day. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Lily Allen – behind the scenes on her NME cover shoot

We asked Lily to dress as she would normally at a festival and all the clothes came from Topshop. Even though she was really tired from touring she was in a playful mood. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Lily Allen – behind the scenes on her NME cover shoot

For more Lily Allen pictures, pick up the new issue of NME - a festival guide special, on sale across the UK from Wednesday 6 May.

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