The Shockwaves NME Awards Tour wrapped up in London this weekend, just in time for the Awards Show to kick off on Wednesday. Missed your local show with The Vaccines, Everything Everything, Magnetic Man and Crystal Castles? Click through the gallery to see what went down in Glasgow, Nottingham and Leeds.
Glasgow was the first stop of the tour, kicking off at the beginning of February. Here’s a shot of The Vaccines warming up at the O2 Academy Glasgow.
The Vaccines opened the show that night. Despite the fast-rising London band attracting the likes of Blondie’s Debbie Harry and actor Jake Gyllenhaal to recent gigs, frontman Justin Young admitted to NME that he still suffers from pre-show nerves.
Justin Young of The Vaccines told NME: “This is all just feels like unreality to us…This gig is about four times bigger than the biggest gig we’ve ever done. I can’t help but wondering if anybody is even going to be here. I can’t imagine anybody queuing up in the rain to watch us tonight.”
The Vaccines attracted a huge crowd at the Glasgow show, opening their 30-minute set with debut single ‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’ and later performing next single ‘If You Wanna’, due for release in March.
Magnetic Man’s Benga told NME that he was always confident the trio would be able to win over the crowd. “All scenes are jumbled up at the moment,” he said. “We’re not going to be playing to a complete indie crowd tonight, but if there are people out there who don’t know who we are or what we do, they’re still going to be willing to give us a chance. I’m expecting it to be great.”
Everything Everything arrived on the Glasgow stage in matching grey and blue boiler suits. “This was the first time we’ve played in them,” said frontman Jonathan Everything. “They’re a bit ridiculous, and so it was either sink or swim for us. And I think we swam… for a little bit, at least.”
Crystal Castles singer Alice Glass helped kick off the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour, playing the show on crutches. She had aggravated an ankle injury in Tokyo recently, but managed to take to the stage on the first night of the tour…in true Crystal Castles style.
Crystal Castles stayed out of sight from the rest of the bands until stagetime. But despite her injury, when she did emerge, Glass managed to leap around the stage madly while fronting the likes of ‘Baptism’ and ‘Air War’.
A few Glaswegian punters on the first night of the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2011.
The tour hit Nottingham’s Rock City venue on February 8th. Here are The Vaccines kicking off the night.
The Vaccines take a break from unloading equipment in Nottingham.
You can watch an interview with Magnetic Man’s Skream here – he tells NME about his band’s tour antics and Prince Harry.
Nottingham’s Rock City venue was packed as Magnetic Man played during the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2011.
Everything Everything continued theit new trend of wearing matching suits when they played in Nottingham.
Alice Glass was still on her crutches when the tour reached Nottingham – but that didn’t stop her from jumping around on the stage and acting much more lively than a normal ankle brace-donning rockstar probably should.
Even though Crystal Castles weren’t very visible before they hit the stage every night, Alice Glass took some time to sign a few autographs for local fans in Nottingham.
The next night (February 9th), the tour hit up Leeds. Here’s Magnetic Man performing at the O2 Academy.
Our photographers caught up with Everything Everything backstage in Leeds. On the last night of the tour in London, the band’s frontman Jonathan Everything returned to the stage to help Magnetic Man out.
When Jonathan Everything joined Magnetic Man on stage in London, he sang lead vocals on the band’s single ’Getting Nowhere’ (which is performed by John Legend on the recorded version of the song).
Crystal Castles are nominated for Best Album and Best Dancefloor Filler in this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards Show. Be sure to stay tuned and find out if they take home the awards.