Five amazing performances defined the VO5 NME Awards 2017. Wiley, Dua Lipa, Bastille, Bands 4 Refugees and Pet Shop Boys brought the house down at O2 Academy Brixton in south London – check out what went down below.
Bastille kicked off the show with a performance of ‘Good Grief’.
The band were nominated for four awards this evening, including Best Track, supported by Red Stripe, and Best Live Band, supported by Nikon.
The band’s cheeky projections featured a man ripping up the July issue of NME where they were on the cover.
Bastille went on to win Best Album supported by HMV.
The rising pop star played her massive track ‘Be The One’ from her self-titled debut album, due later this year.
Dua had just won Best New Artist, supported by Topman.
The performance obviously went down a storm, owing to the fact that ‘Be The One’ is a total banger.
Next up was Wiley, who had picked up the award for Outstanding Contribution To Music.
He played two huge tunes from his latest album ‘Godfather’ – ‘Speakerbox’ and ‘Can’t Go Wrong’.
Skepta had just presented Wiley with his award, saying: “When I first met this guy, this was someone who never tried to sign me, never tried to own me, never tried to tell me what to do – he always told me to do what I was doing. I’m eternally forever thankful.” He also called Wiley one of his “favourite people on the planet”.
The Godfather of Grime.
Fourth to perform: Bands 4 Refugees.
The indie supergroup featured Pixie Geldof, Charli XCX and members of Black Honey, Peace, Slaves, Years & Years, Swim Deep and Circa Waves. They played Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ in support of the charity Help Refugees – you can text REFU to 70700 to contribute £5.
Here’s Pixie Geldof, Years & Years’ Olly Alexander and Charli XCX on vocals.
And Peace’s Sam Koisser did his thing on bass.
The last performance of the night was from Godlike Genuises Pet Shop Boys.
The iconic duo played a six-song, career-spanning set featuring ‘West End Girls’ and ‘Always On My Mind’.
Chris Lowe was wearing a brilliant spherical helmet, while Neil Tennant wore a natty suit.
Thanks to all our performers for a brilliant night!