The NME Awards 2015 With Austin, Texas is now just under a month away, but you can still vote in all the categories by heading to NME.com/awardsvote. One of the biggest awards of the night is set to be the Best Live Band, Supported By Dead Crow Spirit Flavoured Beers. Here, we’ve collected some of our favourite live shots of the six nominees to help jog your memory before casting your vote on who should win…
The fourpiece had one of their biggest years yet in 2014, curating their own mini-festival at London’s Finsbury Park (and playing to 45,000 people each night in the process), as well as headlining Reading & Leads Festivals for the second time.
Fat White Family
London newcomers Fat Whites possibly played some of the most anarchic gigs of all time last year, with frontman Lias regularly smearing himself in his own excrement during them. Or was it coffee? Nobody ever really got to the bottom of that one. In any case, they proved themselves to be an utterly thrilling proposition.
2014 was the year that Dave Grohl and co finally cemented their status as global superstars. They’re now undoubtedly in the same league as the likes of U2, Coldplay et al.
After 10 years of hard work, 2014 saw Kasabian play their most important gig yet: headlining Glastonbury. There was also their mammoth five-night stand at London’s O2 Academy Brixton, of course.
If you want proof that new British guitar bands can still cross over to the mainstream, look no further to Royal Blood. Weirdly, despite their huge album sales, the duo kept their own gigs fairly intimate so far – but in 2014 that only made them even more enjoyable for those who were lucky enough to get in.
Who could forget The Libs’ mammoth homecoming show at Hyde Park last summer? The band shocked the entire music industry by selling over 60,000 tickets in record time for the July gig, and then played an absolute blinder, before more of the same at a number of dates across Europe over the next couple of months. For once, the future for Pete, Carl, Gary and John is looking pretty bright…