Shockwaves NME Awards Indie Rave Tour kicks off in Dublin

Klaxons and co get the party started

The Shockwaves NME Awards Indie Rave Tour got underway in celebratory fashion last night in Dublin (February 3) as Klaxons, CSS, The Sunshine Underground and New Young Pony Club wowed a sell-out crowd at Ambassador Theatre in the Irish capital.

All eyes were fixed on headliners Klaxons, with dozens of eager fans camped outside the venue all day in the hope of catching a glimpse of Jamie Reynolds, Simon Taylor-Davis and James Righton.

The trio, along with newly recruited drummer Steffan Halperin, were followed around for the day by a slew of journalists and a camera crew as they kicked off their first tour in the wake of debut album ‘Myths Of The Near Future’.

With bouncers at the venue confiscating glowsticks at the door, the Ambassadors bins were filled with the illuminating items as the crowd made their way in for early sets from New Young Pony Club and the ecstatically received The Sunshine Underground.

It was CSS, though, who really kick-started the party with a typically raucous set.

Arriving on stage to 2 Unlimited’s early nineties dance hit ‘No Limit’ and covered in black sheets, Lovefoxx and co ripped into ‘CSS Suxxx’ before running through most of their 2006 debut album, including ‘Alala’, ‘Art Bitch’ and new single ‘Off The Hook’.

“This is such a great place to start off the tour,” CSS frontwoman Lovefoxx told the audience before ‘Lets Make Love And Listen To Death From Above’. “If you have a lover, take hold of them now. And if you do what this song says, your kids are gonna grow up listening to Klaxons.”

Headliners Klaxons were greeted with a heroes’ welcome as they took to the stage, though it was clear early-on that frontman Jamie Reynolds had begun the liquid celebrations early.

Slurring his words on stage, Reynolds was largely inaudible for much of the set though this didn’t hamper ace versions of ‘Atlantis To Interzone’, ‘Isle Of Her’, ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’, ‘Magick’ and current single ‘Golden Skans’.

After the gig there was a brief autopsy between Reynolds and his bandmates, who were unhappy with the performance, however the frontman was quickly celebrating again, legging it to a gathering of fans outside the venue for an a cappella rendition of Chris Rea’s 1991 hit ‘Auberge’.

The Shockwaves NME Awards Indie Rave Tour continues at the Mandela Hall in Belfast tonight (February 4).

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