Elbow to open Shockwaves NME Awards 2009

Band to have 'Grounds For Divorce' at the ceremony

Elbow are set to open the Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony on Wednesday night (February 25) at the O2 Academy Brixton in London.

The Bury band will play their 2008 hit ‘Grounds For Divorce’ to kick off the bash – at which Franz Ferdinand, Glasvegas, Friendly Fires and this year’s Godlike Genuises The Cure are also set to play.

“Play first and you don’t have to wait to start drinking,” joked Elbow frontman Guy Garvey. “It will be a blast!”

NME editor Conor McNicholas added: “Elbow are the only band in NME history to have got nine out of ten from the NME critics for every album they’ve released.

“We’ve been supporters of this amazing band since the beginning and we’re delighted the rest of the country has now caught up. Elbow opening the awards this year will be a spectacular event.”

The evening after the awards (February 26) The Cure will headline the NME Big Gig at the London O2 Arena, supported by Franz Ferdinand, Crystal Castles and White Lies.

To check the availability of Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094.