Lightspeed Champion performs at Shockwaves NME Awards 2008

Dev Hynes and his band bring a touch of class to the ceremony

Lightspeed Champion has performed his debut single ‘Galaxy Of The Lost’ in a Darth Vader outfit at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008.

The singer-songwriter and recent NME cover star performed the opening track on his debut album ‘Falling Off The Lavender Bridge’ to the packed IndigO2 venue tonight (February 28).

The audience in the east London venue, including Arctic Monkeys, Muse and Hynes’ friends Klaxons, were highly appreciative of the performance.

Speaking to NME.COM later in the evening, Hynes explained his costume choice, saying: “I’m just a really big Star Wars fan. I just said the rest of the band literally had to do it really. I just love Star Wars and these things are so weird, I mean, I don’t want to say I hate these things, ’cause I don’t, but I thought I’d make it a bit more fun and I just wanted people to chill out.”

For all the awards coverage head to NME.COM/awards now. We have exclusive picture galleries, live webcams, minute-by-minute blogs straight from the ceremony and Big Gig and video interviews with the biggest names at the ceremony.

That’s just the beginning – the ceremony is being broadcast on E4 at 11pm (GMT) tonight (February 28), with highlights following tomorrow (29) on Channel 4 from 11.50pm.

Meanwhile, next week’s issue of NME – on UK newsstands from March 5 – will contain the ultimate coverage, interviews and photos from the 2008 Shockwaves NME Awards.