The Big Pink win Philip Hall Radar Award

Newcomers tipped at 2009 Shockwaves NME Awards

The Big Pink have won the Philip Hall Radar Award at the Shockwaves NME Awards tonight (February 25).

The annual new music prize is awarded to a new group picked by NME‘s editors, and is named in honour of the late manager of The Stone Roses and Manic Street Preachers.

The London newcomers picked up their prize from last year’s recipients Glasvegas at the O2 Academy Brixton in London.


The pair had clearly been enjoying the refreshments offered, simply garbling, “Thank you very much” as they accepted their gong from James Allan and Caroline McKay.

Check out The Big Pink’s music on their MySpace page now.

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.


The Cure will headline the Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig at the O2 Arena in London on February 26, with NME.COM again bringing you full coverage.