Glastonbury named Best Live Event at Shockwaves NME Awards 2009

Somerset festival makes comeback at London ceremony

The 2008 Glastonbury festival has been named Best Live Event at the Shockwaves NME Awards tonight (February 25).

The event featured headline performances from Kings Of Leon, The Verve, and a now-legendary Saturday night slot from Jay-Z.

Relive last year’s Glastonbury with NME.COM’s coverage of the event now.


The award was picked up by festival chief Michael Eavis and his daughter and co-organiser Emily Eavis, from this year’s awards host Mark Watson.

On accepting the award, Michael Eavis paid tribute to two of the 2008 headliners and one other notable figure: “Thanks to Kings and Jay-Z, and thanks to Noel for the publicity campaign. Thanks to the 150,000 who kept the faith. See you later this year!”

The full list of nominees for Best Live Event were:


Isle Of Wight

Reading and Leeds


T In The Park

V Festival

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.