Shockwaves NME Awards Indie Rock Tour ends in style

The Automatic bring the jaunt to a triumphant close

The last night of the Shockwaves NME Awards Indie Rock Tour thrilled London’s Brixton Academy tonight (February 23).

The Automatic, The View, The Horrors and Mumm-Ra brought the tour to a suitably manic close, putting on a night involving masks, exclusive collaborations and football.

Emerging onstage just after 10pm, The Automatic ripped into album track ‘By My Side’, followed by single and crowd favourite ‘Raoul’.

The Welsh rockers also performed ‘Monster’, ‘You Shout You Shout You Shout You Shout’, ‘Lost At Home’, dedicated to Mumm-Ra, and an untitled new song.

Joined onstage by their tour manager on lead vocals, The Automatic also unveiled their cover of Talking Head’s ‘Life During Wartime’ towards the end of their set.

During the closing song, a version of the band’s debut single ‘Recover’, the stage was invaded by Mumm-Ra, The Horrors and The View, who had an impromptu kick-around with a football.

Before The Automatic’s set, The View charmed the crowd with songs including ‘Wasted Little DJs’, ‘Skag Trendy’ and opener ‘Comin’ Down’.

The band also performed their top ten hit ‘Same Jeans’ as well as early B-side ‘Posh Boys’, with singer Kyle Falconer dressed in a new suit to celebrate the final night of the tour.

The View ended their set with single ‘Superstar Tradesman’.

Earlier in the evening, The Horrors unleashed their dark garage rock on the Brixton crowd.

Singer Faris Rotter came onstage to perform opener ‘Jack The Ripper’ wearing a black cape and mask, and holding a bunch of black balloons tied to a staff, while guitarist Joshua Von Grimm’s face was painted to resemble a skull.

Performing tracks from their forthcoming debut album ‘Strange House’, including ‘Death At The Chapel’ and ‘Sheena Is A Parasite’, the band ended with an extended version of recent single ‘Gloves’, during which Von Grimm took a powerdrill to his guitar before throwing the instrument out to the audience.

Mumm-Ra took to the stage at 7.30pm, performing tracks including ‘Song E’, single ‘What Would Steve Do?’ and opener ‘Now Or Never’.

The band were obviously surprised with the audience turnout, as singer James Noo told the crowd: “I can’t thank you enough for coming out early to see us!”

During final song ‘Out Of The Question’, Mumm-Ra were joined by The View’s Kyle Falconer on guitar and backing vocals.

For more on the climax of both of this year’s tours get next week’s issue NME on UK newsstands from February 28.