Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 – Trouble In The Message Centre?

Well, here we are backstage at the O2 Brixton Academy, waiting for the bands to finish soundchecking (as I type this White Lies are running through ‘Death’, just to get us in the backslapping party spirit).

And everything seems to be working fine. There’s just one problem: it’s insanely cramped in here. 10 writers, 12 laptops, 6 photographers, 5 video cameras and about a mile of cabling – all squeezed within a dingy 2m x 8m antechamber.

Tempers are already starting to fray. And there’s still three hours ’til showtime…