Shockwaves NME Awards host Mark Watson learning from Russell Brand

Plus comic says why he doesn't want Oasis to pick up a gong

Mark Watson, the host of tomorrow’s (February 25) Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony, has said that he is learning from past host Russell Brand‘s fashion sense.

Watson said that he was planning a cultivated sense of scruffiness when picking his outfit – but was being careful not to go over the top in the style of Brand.

“I don’t want to look like I’ve made too much effort [dressing for the event],” he said. “At the same time I need to make sure I look like I’ve made an effort. It’s like being a girl.


“Mine’s the sort of scruffiness where you’ve spent a lot of times in hotels. It’s not that Russell Brand type of scruffiness. Every time I see him these days he looks like he’s worked very hard at it.”

He added that he didn’t want Oasis to take home the gong tomorrow, and fancied MGMT for the Best New Band award.

“I’m a big Radiohead fan and I’d like them to win,” he told NME.COM. “Oasis have made a very impressive comeback, but I think it would be a bit of a backward step [if they won].”

Keep track of all the Awards action at NME.COM/awards.

Meanwhile the last few tickets for this year’s Big Gig are available to buy now – including 70 standing tickets that have just been released thanks to production changes.

The show features The Cure, Franz Ferdinand, Crystal Castles and White Lies.


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

Meanwhile NME Radio will be broadcasting an exclusive interview with The Cure‘s Robert Smith tomorrow at 1pm (GMT).