Brandon Flowers, whose band The Killers are up for a host of awards including Best International Band at the event, said, “I’m really excited to be here, I’m just enjoying staring at people’s faces. I can’t stop staring at Guy Garvey.”
Glasvegas‘ James Allan said he was pumped about playing live with Florence And The Machine later in the evening. “I’m excited about seeing Florence,” he said, “just to see if we can actually not make an arse of it.”
He added: “I’m also looking forward to seeing Elbow,” then claimed he wasn’t bothered about taking home any awards.
“I like to win things,” he said, “but NME has been so good to us for so many reasons, either way it’s been a good year.”
“I’m looking forward to tonight, it should be mint,” The Enemy‘s Tom Clarke told NME.COM as he arrived. “We’re not up for anything, so we’re just gonna enjoy ourselves.”
‘The Mighty Boosh’ star Noel Fielding, meanwhile, had some kind words for host Mark Watson, saying: “He’s gonna do a brilliant job, I think. I’ve heard a rumour The Cure are gonna incorporate our moonface into their performance, which would be amazing.”
For complete coverage from this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards, including news, photo galleries, video interviews and live blogs straight from the ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton, head to our awards index at NME.COM/awards now.
Plus NME Radio is broadcasting live straight from the awards – tune in via Sky Channel 0184, Virgin Media 975, Freesat 727 or NME.COM/radio. NME TV will also have highlights and interviews from the awards, head to NME.COM/nmetv for the full schedule.
There will also be a highlights show on Channel 4 on Friday (February 27) at 7.30pm (GMT) and on Saturday (28) at 10.55am.
Meanwhile, get this week’s issue of NME – on UK newsstands now – for an exclusive covers CD featuring this year’s Godlike Geniuses, The Cure. The awards review issue itself will be on the shelves from next Wednesday (March 4), boasting exclusive interviews, photos and more.