The trophy recognises new talent in the music world, with the Manchester band receiving the award on the back of a strong first year since the release of debut single ‘There’s A Honey’. They will collect the prize at the ceremony, which takes place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14.
Formed in 2014 by singer and guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie, and drummer Ciara Doran, the band signed to Dirty Hit in 2016 before releasing their debut ‘There’s A Honey’ in April the following year. Since then, the four-piece – completed by guitarist Hugo Silvani and bassist Charlie Wood – have become one of the most promising and acclaimed new bands in the country.
The group have worked with labelmates The 1975, with frontman Matty Healy and drummer George Daniel producing their early songs, including second single ‘Television Romance’. Healy also directed the video for the song, while the band have also supported the Manchester pop heavyweights, and appeared on the cover of NME last year with the frontman.
Other confirmed winners and guests at the VO5 NME Awards include Icon Award winner Garbage singer Shirley Manson, along Innovation Award recipients BBK, and this year’s Godlike Genius Liam Gallagher – who’ll be performing at the ceremony too.