The Drums receive Philip Hall Radar Award at Shockwaves NME Awards

Fast-rising band pick up new act award in London

The Drums have been awarded the Philip Hall Radar award at the Shockwaves NME Awards tonight (February 24) at London‘s O2 Academy Brixton.

The band follow in the steps of the likes of last year’s winners The Big Pink and 2008 winners Glasvegas. The honour is awarded by the editorial staff of NME to the band who, in their eyes, is the most worthy to have graduated from the Radar new band pages of the magazine over the past year.

After hugging award presenters The Big Pink, the band’s frontman Jonathan Pierce was the first to speak, saying: “Thank you so much. It’s real nice.”


The band went on to thank the artists they performed with on the recent NME tour, saying they were “all amazing”, adding, “Thank you to everyone here”, to cheers from the crowd.

The Drums recently played on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour, which wrapped up at the same venue on Saturday (20).

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