The Maccabees launch voting for the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas, at intimate London gig

Band performed live at London venue Under The Bridge

The Maccabees performed an exclusive set at London’s Under The Bridge as voting in the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas opened tonight (November 3).

The band performed a 50-minute set featuring highlights from their 2015 album ‘Marks To Prove It’ plus a selection of favourites from their back catalogue.

Following a DJ set from Wolf Alice, The Maccabees arrived on stage at 9.30pm and kicked off their live performance of ‘Wall Of Arms’. The band then played ‘Feel To Follow’ before delving into their new material and performing an intimate ‘Kamakura’.

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“Are the drinks free?” asked guitarist Felix White, before addressing the fact the band were playing at the home of Chelsea Football Club and saying: “I heard they’re on Roman Abramovich.” The tempo upped later on in the set when ‘Spit It Out’, ‘Marks To Prove It’ and ‘Precious Time’ were played in a row, to the delight of fans on the front row.

The Maccabees wrapped up their set with ‘No Kind Words’ and ‘Pelican’, with frontman Orlando Weeks thanking NME and saying how much he had enjoyed the gig. “I normally feel awkward but this has been good.”

The Maccabees played:

‘Wall Of Arms’
‘Feel To Follow’
‘Love You Better’
‘Slow Sun’
‘Something Like Happiness’
‘Spit It Out’
‘Precious Time’
‘Marks To Prove It’
‘WW1 Portraits’
‘No Kind Words’

Voting for the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas has begun. You can vote now for your favourite artist to help them get nominated in a range of categories at next year’s awards.

Music fans can cast their votes across categories including Best British Band, Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas, Best Album supported by HMV, Best British Solo supported by Pilot Pens, Hero of the Year and many more from today (November 3). Those votes will be compiled into shortlists, with the final nominations announced later this year.


A limited number of early bird tickets for the 2016 ceremony are now available for purchase from here for the special one-off price of £20 plus booking fee. All attendees must be 18 or over.

The big winners in 2015 included Kasabian, Royal Blood and Jamie T. Live performances on the night came from Godlike Genius winners Suede alongside Run The Jewels, The Vaccines, Royal Blood and Charli XCX.

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The awards vote follows the announcement of the NME Awards Tour 2016 with Austin, Texas. Bloc Party, Drenge, Rat Boy and Bugzy Malone are all confirmed to play. The line-up for the annual series of NME Awards Shows with Austin, Texas are due to be announced later this month.

Check out all the photos from the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas.