The Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2010 kicked off in Newcastle last week, with The Maccabees headlining a bill that included The Big Pink, The Drums and Bombay Bicycle Club. Keep clicking for all the onstage and backstage action. Pic: Danny North.
The Drums played a short, sharp eight-song set at Newcastle’s O2 Academy last Thursday (Feb 4th). The hyperactive show ended with ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ and ‘Forever And Ever’. Pic: Tom Martin.
Fans congregate among the carnage after the first night of the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour. The tour continues tonight (Feb 10th) in Norwich before moving round the country. Get tickets here. Pic: Tom Martin.
The Maccabees hang out backstage ahead of the gig in Sheffield. They treated crowds to a career-spanning set that included everything from old favourite ‘X-Ray’ to recent single ‘No Kind Words’. Pic: Tom Martin.
Bombay Bicycle Club found hiding in the backstage disabled toilets. The band were first support, hitting the stage just before headliners The Maccabees. They played a well-received set that included ‘What If’ and ‘Cancel On Me’. Pic: Tom Martin.
Bombay Bicycle Club play to a packed out O2 Academy in Newcastle. For details on the rest of the shows and to buy tickets head here. Pic: Tom Martin.
Were you at the gigs? Let NME Radio know what you thought by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The station is speaking to all the bands as the tour progresses, so tune in to Jon Hillcock’s show from 3pm to hear more. Pic: Tom Martin.
The following night (Feb 5th) the tour moved to Glasgow’s Barrowlands, where The Big Pink played a feedback-drenched show that included ‘Velvet’ and a cover of The Breeders’ ‘Cannonball’. Pic: Danny North.
“It’s fucking good to be on the NME Tour” The Big Pink’s Robbie Furze shouted before the band closed their set with epic anthem ‘Dominos’. To get tickets for the remaining dates head here. Pic: Danny North.
Bombay Bicycle Club run through ‘Dust On The Ground’ at Glasgow Barrowlands on the second night of the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour. The band just announced they’re releasing an acoustic album in May or June. Pic: Danny North
Winners of the Philip Hall Radar Award at last year’s Shockwaves NME Awards, The Big Pink practice their poses backstage at Glasgow’s Barrowlands. If you enjoyed their noise-fest of a set, they’re heading out on their own tour in May. Pic: Danny North
The Drums snagged the coveted ‘first on’ slot at the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour. Historically, bands that go on first have usually gone on to great things (see: Florence, The Ting Tings, Kaiser Chiefs, Coldplay), with the odd exception (see: Mumm-Ra). Pic: Danny North
Six months ago The Drums were pretty much unknown to the UK, but since then they’ve won over half the country. Their frenetic slots on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour will garner them even more fans. Pic: Danny North
The Maccabees show their brass at the third night of the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour in Manchester last Saturday (February 6). By the time they reached their closing volley (‘First Love’, ‘No Kind Words’, ‘Rip It Up’ and ‘Love You Better’) the crowd were drenched with sweat and joy. Pic: Danny North
The Maccabees rip through ‘X Ray’ on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour. They were joined on keyboards by former Talk Taxis frontman – and Felix and Hugo’s brother – Will White. Pic: Danny North
Orlando Weeks from The Maccabees, headliners of the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2010. The band played a massive 15-song set that included a cover of Orange Juice’s post-punk classice ‘Rip It Up’. Pic: Danny North
The crowd at the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour in Manchester. To get tickets for the remaining dates, with The Maccabees, The Drums, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Big Pink, head here. Pic: Danny North
The Maccabees tuck into their rider after a job well done. Check out the video for ‘Empty Vessels’, their new single featuring Roots Manuva, here. Pic: Danny North