US band are first headliner to be confirmed for 2015 festival
Foo Fighters have confirmed they are to headline this year’s Glastonbury festival in their acceptance speech for Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas – The Live Music Capital Of The World® at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas, while Jake Bugg has won the award for Best Solo Artist supported by Pilot Frixion.
Foo Fighters were unable to attend the ceremony in person, but sent a video acceptance speech in which they thanked rock legend Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders for presenting them with the award before revealing their high-profile summer slot – the first of the three Glastonbury headliners to be made public. Watch the video above, now.
“Thank you Chrissie for presenting this award to us,” commented frontman Dave Grohl. “This is amazing, we love you very much, but we also love all of the fans for voting for our band for this award. We’re very thankful and very happy – sorry we couldn’t make it tonight, but we will be seeing you over the summer at some big outdoor festival that nobody knows we’re playing. It’s Glastonbury! So we’ll see you at Glastonbury – thanks a lot everybody!”
Ahead of the Foo Fighters’ announcement, Charli XCX performed ‘Doing It’ after collecting the prize for Best Dancefloor Filler.
Jake Bugg has been presented with the award for Best Solo Artist supported by Pilot Frixion by Kaiser Chiefs‘ Ricky Wilson and celebrity chef Gizzi Erskine. Accepting his prize, Bugg made a brief speech and said: “I’ve not won many awards, so thank you very much.”
Prior to that, Dean Blunt was awarded the Philip Hall Radar Award for best up-and-coming artist. The award was given out by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, who recalled first hearing Blunt’s album ‘The Redeemer’, which he said reminded him of the importance of new music.
“I’d like to ask you, Cocker said, “‘What does NME stand for? Needy middl-eaged ego? nice most elephant? No, it actually stands for New Musical Express. You don’t want the same old, same old, do you. We need people pushing the envelope. I first became aware of this person doing my radio show on 6 Music. It didn’t sound like anything I’d ever heard of before. It makes me very proud to award the Philip Hall Radar Award to Dean Blunt.”
However, much like Faris Badwan from The Horrors
, Blunt sent a representative onto the stage in his place. The man accepting the award said: “Thanks to the man upstairs, thanks NME. I finally made it!” Blunt was not in the building for the ceremony.
The ceremony at London’s O2 Academy Brixton opened with a fierce performance from Royal Blood – who are nominated for Best New Band, Best Live Band supported by Dead Crow Spirit Flavoured Beers, Best Album and Best British Band supported by Marshall Amplification tonight. The Brighton rock duo played ‘Figure It Out’ from their self-titled 2014 debut. BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens is hosting tonight’s event.
Stay with us here at NME.COM/awards to get all the latest news, videos, photos and gossip from the ceremony, which will also see Suede receive the Godlike Genius Award and close the ceremony with a live performance.
Run The Jewels and The Vaccines are set to perform later tight.
Awards yet to be handed out tonight include Best British Band supported by Marshall, Best Live Band supported by Dead Crow, Best New Band supported by Replay and Best Track supported by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. For a full list of nominations, click here.
The line-up for the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas includes Palma Violets, Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and Slaves. The tour begins tomorrow (February 19) and tickets are available now.