The ShockWaves NME Awards 2006 Tour ends in style

There's plenty of last night guest spots as the bands hit London

Maximo Park, Arctic Monkeys, We Are Scientistsand Mystery Jets brought the ShockWaves NME Awards Tour 2006 to a climatic close in London last night (February 17) after performing 20 dates on the road together.

A star studded audience including the likes of Kate Moss and All Saints singers Melanie Blatt and Nicole Appleton turned out to the see the four bands tear up Brixton Academy for the final show of this year’s jaunt around the UK.

It proved to be another legendary night for the Arctic Monkeys, with singer Alex Turner stage-diving into the crowd after the whole band were joined onstage by members of We Are Scientists and Mystery Jets during a blistering rendition of ‘A Certain Romance’.


Their stunning 50 minute set capped off what has proven to be a phenomenal month for the Sheffield four-piece with the band scoring another Number One hit single, making chart history and picking up British Breakthrough Act at the BRIT Awards.

As ever the crowd burst into mass singalongs throughout their riotous set which included Number One single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, ‘From the Ritz To The Rubble’, ‘Dancing Shoes’, ‘The View From The Afternoon’ and new song ‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’.

At one point the entire audience sang the intro to Number One hit single ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ at Turner‘s request after he shouted: “I’m gonna play my guitar on this next one and you’re gonna sing the words because… I can.”

Earlier in the night he helped We Are Scientists out on lead guitar for album track ‘Cash Cow’ while singer Keith Murray later returned the favour joining in on ‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’.

It was the same story during the Mystery Jets opening set when the band found themselves joined by members of the American band.

Headliners Maximo Park ended the night with a stunning show which included hit single ‘Graffiti’, ‘I Want You To Stay’, ‘Apply Some Pressure’ new track ‘A Fortnight’s Time’ and ‘Going Missing’.


The ShockWaves NME Awards 2006 themselves now takes place on February 23 in London.