As all of the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 madness comes to a close, it all ended wih a big gig from Foo Fighters, Cee Lo Green, Band Of Horses and No Age at London’s Wembley Arena on Friday (February 25). Missed the show? Check out the rest of this gallery for more photos from the night.
Los Angeles noise-rockers No Age performed an early evening set at the 2011 Big Gig.
No Age’s set included ‘Teen Creeps’, ‘Depletion’ and ‘Common Heat’.
Want to follow No Age around on tour? Stop by the band’s blog for their travel pictures, all the way from Tokyo to Mexico.
The impressively-bearded Band Of Horses, hailing from Seattle, played their hazy country-rock as the venue filled to almost capacity.
Band Of Horses performed songs including ‘The Great Salt Lake’, ‘Is There A ghost’, ‘Cigarettes, Wedding Bands’ and set-closer ‘The Funeral’.
Band Of Horses will be touring the States this April, and will return to Europe in June. Click here to see a full listing.
Tickets for NME’s Big Gig at London’s Wembley Arena sold out within a few hours. Band Of Horses helped warm up the stage before Foo Fighters’ headline set.
After Band Of Horses finished their set, Zane Lowe kept things moving with a DJ set ahead of Cee Lo Green’s performance.
Cee Lo got in the rock spirit by wearing a Ramones t-shirt for his show, for which he was backed by an all-female leather-clad band.
As well as his own hits, including set-closer ‘Fuck You’, which he mashed with The Clash’s ‘Rock The Casbah’, Cee Lo Green played his Gnarls Barkley songs ‘Smiley Faces’ and ‘Crazy’.
Cee Lo Green also led cheers for his “very good friend” Dave Grohl.
If you missed Cee Lo and want to check him out live, then click here for his latest gig listings, including a show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in March.
Foo Fighters headlined the NME Awards Big Gig 2011, in honour of Dave Grohl’s Godlike Genius honour he received at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011.
Foo Fighters kicked off their headline slot with new song ‘Bridge Burning’. They then ripped through a setlist melding new material and hits including ‘All My Life’, ‘Times Like These’ and set-closer ‘Best Of You’. “You realise this is our first official show in like, two years?” he said to the crowd. “It’s good to say we’re fucking back.”
Drummer Taylor Hawkins took on lead vocal duties for ‘Cold Day In The Sun’, then later the band encored with a cover of The Who’s ‘Young Man Blues’ then their own ‘Skin And Bones’, ‘This Is A Call’ and ‘Best Of You’.
Dave Grohl also joked that due to curfew restrictions the band were “only gonna play the good songs,” and acknowledged his recent NME accolade by declaring: “I’m a fuckin’ Godlike Genius!”
Ahead of the show, Grohl told NME: “I kind of miss being that thing that fills up the room. So tonight I’m going to make them sing. And we haven’t heard [over] 10,000 people sing in a couple of years.”
Click here if you want to watch some videos of Grohl and co, as well as the rest of the guests at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011.