Glasvegas, Franz Ferdinand, Friendly Fires, Mark Watson for Shockwaves NME Awards

Host and line-up details announced for bash

Glasvegas, Franz Ferdinand and Friendly Fires are set to play live before The Cure at the Shockwaves NME Awards at the London Brixton Academy on February 25, NME.COM can announce today (February 5).

NME.COM has a very limited number of tickets for the ceremony are on sale now.

The ceremony will be hosted by comedian Mark Watson, who follows in the footsteps of the likes of Russell Brand and ‘Gavin And Stacey’ stars James Corden and Mat Horne in helming the bash.


The bands will play short sets at the event, before The Cure, set to be crowned Godlike Geniuses at the bash, play a half-hour set to end the evening’s entertainment.

In a statement Watson declared: “It’s an honour to be hosting the Shockwave NME Awards. I can’t wait to take charge of one of music’s only non-shit awards ceremonies. I look forward to saluting some of rock’s most exciting, most innovative and drunkest people.”

The day after the ceremony (February 26) The Cure will headline the NME Big Gig at the London O2 Arena, with Franz Ferdinand, Crystal Castles and White Lies also set to appear on the bill.

To check the availability of Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig 2009 tickets and get all the latest news, go to NME.COM/biggig.

Meanwhile, Glasvegas and Friendly Fires are currently on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour alongside White Lies and Florence And The Machine.

See NME.COM/awards/tour for more information and ticket details.