The Virgins bring NME SXSW party to a close

New York buzz band live up to hype

The Virgins brought NME‘s South by Southwest 2008 three-day party to a climactic close at the Wave tonight (March 15).

The New York buzz band stirred the front of the packed house into a mosh pit with their funky grooves and Strokes-influenced stylings.

“I’ve had a really amazing time this week at South by Southwest and I hope you did too,” frontman Donald Cumming told the crowd. “I really want this to be our best show,” he added.


The band ran through tracks including ‘She’s Expensive’, ‘Louisa’ and ‘Private Affair’ during their set, and were called back by the crowd for an encore, which was a cover of INXS‘Devil Inside’.

After their set, bassist Nick Ackerman told NME.COM that he and his band had a blast at their first-ever South by Southwest.

“It was super fun playing two or three shows a day and getting to hang out with our friends in a different environment,” he said.

When asked how he felt about playing the NME showcase, Ackerman said, “NME is the only music magazine we read, so it was the manifestation of a dream.”

The Virgins played:

‘She’s Expensive’


‘Radio Christiane’


‘Private Affair’

‘Fesuardo Pardo’

‘Rich Girls’

‘Devil Inside’

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