Blur pair reunite onstage at Shockwaves NME Awards

Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon get back together for special performance

Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon have performed onstage together for the first time in nearly a decade at the Shockwaves NME Awards tonight (February 25).

Taking to the stage as a last-minute surprise at the ceremony held in London‘s O2 Academy Brixton, the Blur bandmates were greeted with hysteria from a crowd including the likes of Alex Turner, The Killers, The Cure and MGMT.

The performance of ‘This Is A Low’, from their band’s 1994 classic album ‘Parklife’, was the first time that guitarist Graham Coxon has taken the stage with his school friend since 2000, before he quit the group in 2002.

Watch an exclusive backstage video interview with the duo fresh from the stage now:

var config = new Array();config[“videoId”> = 14170096001; config[“videoRef”> = null;config[“lineupId”> = null; config[“playerTag”> = null; config[“autoStart”> = false; config[“preloadBackColor”> = “#FFFFFF”; config[“width”> = 486; config[“height”> = 412; config[“playerId”> = 1670076655; createExperience(config, 8);

As exclusively revealed by NME.COM in December, the full Blur line-up has reformed for a series of summer shows, including two massive homecoming gigs in Hyde Park in July.

For complete coverage from this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards, including news, photo galleries, video interviews and live blogs straight from the ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton, head to our awards index at NME.COM/awards now.

Plus NME Radio is broadcasting live straight from the awards – tune in via Sky Channel 0184, Virgin Media 975, Freesat 727 or NME.COM/radio. NME TV will also have highlights and interviews from the awards, head to NME.COM/nmetv for the full schedule.

There will also be a highlights show on Channel 4 on Friday (February 27) at 7.30pm (GMT) and on Saturday (28) at 10.55am.

Meanwhile, get this week’s issue of NME – on UK newsstands now – for an exclusive covers CD featuring this year’s Godlike Geniuses, The Cure. The awards review issue itself will be on the shelves from next Wednesday (March 4), boasting exclusive interviews, photos and more.

The Cure will headline the Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig at the O2 Arena in London on February 26, with NME.COM again bringing you full coverage.