It’s almost time for the annual Shockwaves NME Awards. In the lead-up to the big day when we find out who will be taking home the coveted middle finger trophies, NME has been hosting a series of shows across London. Went to one? Maybe you’ll be in this gallery. And if you missed them, there are still plenty to go come. Click through this gallery to check out what’s happened so far.
It all kicked off on February 1st when Giggs, Metronomy and Cocknbullkid played at London’s Heaven. In addition to playing his hits, Giggs also made some of the audience a bit uncomfortable when he asked questions like, “Who really, really likes sex tonight?”.
Metronomy rolled out a slew of new material during their headline spot at Heaven during the first Shockwaves NME Awards Show.
CocknBullKid showd up in a golden and flower-bedecked headdress full of twinkling bulbs at Heaven.
John and Jehn were the support act for Gang Of Four the following day (February 2nd), again at Lonon’s Heaven venue. Prior to the show, the band wrote on their blog, “we’re opening for bloody GANG OF FOUR! …No need to say GOF has always been an essential and direct influence on our music. NO ONE plays guitar like Andy Gill , no one. I know i try all the time.”
Gang Of Four recently released a new album, ‘Content’ – their first original full-length release since 1995. To celebrate their return, they headlined their own Shockwaves NME Awards Show.
Los Camposinos! joined Summer Camp and Grouplove at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the same night Gang Of Four headlined Heaven.
While Los Campesinos fans enjoyed the show, the band were quite appreciative, as well. Following the gig, the band wrote on their Facebook that the night was “a pleasure, and SBE felt particularly special.”
Los Campesinos! performed hits like ‘Death To Los Campesinos!’ and ‘Straight In At 101’ during their headline show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Missed Los Campesinos!? Click here to check out NME’s review of the night.
Summer Camp helped kick off the night for Los Campesinos!, performing songs including ‘Veronica Sawyer’, ‘1988’ and ‘I Want You’.
Following the show, LA-based five-piece Grouplove wrote on their Facebook page, “SHEPHERDS BUSH that was so much fun…We love you London…you’ve been amazing…”
The Shockwaves NME Awards Shows continued the next day at Heaven as The Duke Spirit were joined by Big Deal and Tape The Radio.
If you missed The Duke Spirit, you can catch them playing a free show in London on February 18th at Tooting Tram & Social. The band will return to London in April for another show at Brixton Academy.
Fiction joined Tribes, Babeshadow and Mystery Jets on February 9th at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Camden foursome Tribes (the band NME called Brit indie’s “new poster boys”, joined the series of shows.
Babeshadow will be setting off to Italy for a series of gigs at the end of this month, but they’ll be back in London for a few more gigs next month.
Mystery Jets headlined their own Shockwaves NME Awards Show to a packed, sold out Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Click here to watch videos of fans reacting to the headline set from Mystery Jets.
Shepherd’s Bush Empire was, once again, filled to capacity as White Lies headlined their own Shockwaves NME Awards Show.
NME‘s cameras caught Crocodiles relaxing backstage before they opened for White Lies. See that, moms and dads of Crocodiles?
Mirrors might not look thrilled in this picture, but they certainly came alive when they hit the stage right before White Lies.
White Lies played hits from their second album, ‘Ritual’, which came out only shortly before their Shockwaves NME Awards Show on February 11th.
Missed out on these shows? Fret not, there are still more, including Miles Kane, Carl Barat and Noah And The Whale. Click here for full listings and ticket details.