Crowds at last night’s Big Gig, which saw headliners The Cure play a 22-song career-spanning set after performances by Franz Ferdinand, Crystal Castles and White Lies. NME.COM has all the news, reviews and gossip from the night all day today. Pic: Tim Cochrane
The Cure wow crowds at London’s O2 Arena last night for the NME Big Gig with a set that culminated in a special encore of ‘Boys Dont Cry’, a frenetic version of ’10:15 Saturday Night’ and, finally, ‘Killing An Arab’. Pic: Tim Cochrane
White Lies opened the Big Gig at London’s O2 Arena last night, with frontman Harry McVeigh announcing: "I’d like to take this chance to say that it’s an honour to play with The Cure, it means a lot to us." Pic: Tim Cochrane
During Crystal Castles’ six-song NME Big Gig last night, Alice Glass picked up one of the strobe lights and began swinging it around her head. For full coverage head over to our news section, and watch interviews with the band at NME.COM/VIDEO. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Franz Ferdinand at last night’s NME Big Gig. Playing a set that mixed old favourites with songs from new album ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’, the highlight of the set proved to be the close of ‘Outsiders’ as the band dropped their guitars, grabbed drumsticks and hammered Paul Thomson’s kit to create a frenetic tribal sound. Pic: Tim Cochrane
‘Just Like Heaven’ drew the entire O2 Arena crowd to their feet at last night’s Big Gig, but it wasn’t the only mass singalong moment: ‘In Between Days’ and ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ were also memorable moments. Check out the news section for the full setlist.
After playing a series of "hardcore sweaty gigs", Franz enjoyed taking their new tunes to a larger crowd. "For the first couple of songs the lights were on too bright, I thought I was in a supermarket," Alex Kapranos remarked to NME.COM after the show. "Three songs in something clicked â
The Cure treated the packed-out O2 Arena to a song from each of their albums at last night’s Big Gig, eliciting rapturous response for the likes of ‘A Forest’ and ‘Three Imaginary Boys’. The show followed their greatest hits set from the Shockwaves NME Awards the night before. Tune in to NME Radio and NME TV all day today for highlights from the awards. Pic: Andy Willsher
A real mix of people showed up to see NME’s Big Gig last night, which featured a truly eclectic line-up – from the art-rock stylings of Franz Ferdinand to Crystal Castles’ electro nihilism, as well as White Lies and Godlike Geniuses The Cure. Get this week’s NME for a special free CD of Cure covers.
Crystal Castles joined Franz Ferdinand, White Lies and Godlike Geniuses The Cure for last night’s NME Big Gig. "It was an honour to be able to play with The Cure," the band’s Ethan Kath explained to us afterwards. He added: "They’re definitely an inspiration. They’ve been great for so long – they never stopped being great. Their longevity is truly inspiring. The amount of quality music they’ve given the world is awe-inspiring. I don’t think anyone in the world can say anything bad about The Cure." Pic: Tim Cochrane
Crystal Castles wowed Cure fans at last night’s Big Gig. Speaking to NME.COM after their show, Ethan Kath said: "You know, we’re a band that aimed to play basement parties. So to put that basement party band on a stage in front of 18,000 Cure fans was a strange and surreal experience." Pic: Tim Cochrane
Robert Smith told NME.COM he felt like he was competing with some of the younger bands on the bill at last night’s Big Gig. "When you get onstage there is that competitive element" he said. "You can never get rid of it. You wanna be the best thing that’s there." Pic: Tim Cochrane
Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos said he was honoured to support Godlike Geniuses Franz Ferdinand last night. "Who isn’t a fan of The Cure?" he laughed to NME.COM after their set. "Last night people were asking if I was a fan and I was like, ‘Of course I am!’ It was like saying, ‘Are you a Beatles fan?’ They’re great â
Crystal Castles’ Alice Glass nonchalantly worked through their six-song set at last night’s Big Gig, chewing gum and swinging strobe lights around. For full coverage of the night check out our news and blogs sections. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter
Franz Ferdinand might not be wearing the same bright primary colours that they wore to the Shockwaves NME Awards, but they nevertheless showed off some impressively sparkly shoes at last night’s Big Gig.
The Cure celebrate winning the Godlike Genius award at last night’s Big Gig. For an exclusive video interview with band – and many other stars from the Shockwaves NME Awards – check out NME.COM/VIDEO. Pic: PA Photos
From opener ‘Underneath The Stars’ to set closer ‘Killing An Arab’, The Cure played an astonishing 22-song set at London’s O2 Arena last night. Head over to NME.COM/AWARDS for full coverage of both the Big Gig and the Shockwaves NME Awards themselves. Pic: Tim Cochrane
White Lies also played both the Shockwaves NME Awards and the Big Gig at London’s O2 Arena. The Daily Download blog (at NME.COM/BLOGS) has a free Yuksek remix of the band to give away. Pic: Danny North
Franz Ferdinand play the NME Big Gig at London’s O2 Arena. They also played the night before at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009, duetting with La Roux. Watch Channel 4 from 11.35pm tonight (Feb 27) to see all the action. Pic: Danny North
Crystal Castles at NME’s Big Gig last night. Head over to NME.COM/AWARDS once you’ve finished this gallery to see NME photographer Jacob Perlmutter’s alternative photo blog from the night. Pic: Tim Cochrane