Shockwaves NME Awards shows: on sale today

The Pigeon Detectives, Hadouken!, Dizzee Rascal and more play

Tickets for the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008 shows are set to go on sale today (November 26) at 9am.

Running throughout the whole month (Feb 7 to 28) the likes of The Pigeon Detectives, Hadouken! and Dizzee Rascal are set to take over KOKO, The Roundhouse, The Astoria and Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

In later weeks we’ll not only be announcing more shows plus a full roster of hand-picked support bands, but we’ll also have news of a few shows a bit further afield, so stay tuned.

“We’re really excited about playing our show,” declared The Pigeon DetectivesMatt Bowman (who hit The Astoria on February 7). “We’ll be playing at least three or four new songs because the (new) album will be done then.”

Hadouken! will also use their date (KOKO on February 18) to showcase some new tunes.

“It should be a slightly different show in terms of our performance,” explained bassist Dan Rice. “We’re going to step up a gear and we’re looking at loads of different technology for our live show. We’re all really excited by the stuff we’re writing at the moment, but at the same time people wanna hear what they know, so we’ll try and get a balance.”

Martin Saunders from The Twang (Shepherd’s Bush Empire, February 9) added that his band intended to use their gig to kick off their new year.

“We’ll definitely be up for a party,” he said. “London’s a good location for that. We’re more than likely to do playing new tracks from our next album, there will probably be stuff ready by then. ”

With the support acts for the shows often bands who could headline themselves, the awards build-up is really set to go into the first festival of the year in the coming week.

The Shockwaves NME Awards Shows 2008 so far are:

The Pigeon Detectives (Astoria, February 7)

Nine Black Alps (KOKO, 8)

The Twang (Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 9)

Les Savy Fav (Astoria, 10)

Richard Hawley (Astoria, 12)

New Young Pony Club (KOKO, 12)

Simian Mobile Disco (Astoria, 13)

Black Francis (KOKO, 13)

Justice (Astoria, 14)

Dizzee Rascal (Shepherds Bush Empire, 17)

Hadouken! (KOKO, 18)

The Gutter Twins (KOKO, 21)

Enter Shikari (Astoria, 24)

The Wombats (Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 25)

The Young Knives (Astoria, 26)

Band Of Horses (KOKO, 26)

Reverend And The Makers (Roundhouse, 26)

To check ticket availability and get all the latest listings, go to

NME.COM/GIGS now, or call the NME ticketline on 0871 230 1094.