First ShockWaves NME Awards Shows announced

Rapture and Kings Of Leon lead the way

The first bands to playing this year’s ShockWaves NME Awards Shows in London have been announced – are we’re taking over the capital.

With the ShockWaves NME Awards Indie Rave and Indie Rock tours set roam the country from January, February will see the likes of Maximo Park, The Rapture, Kings Of Leon, Regina Spektor and The Holloways playing special shows in London.

Maximo Park make their live return at the Astoria on February 22, and frontman Paul Smith is relishing getting in front of an audience again.


“It should be really exciting especially after headlining the main tour last year, It’ll be nice to come back with a bit of bang,” he declared. “We’ve been busy recording this album so by February we’ll be ready to explode again. It’ll be a good chance for our fans to hear the new songs and we can’t wait to play. They’ll be a few cats let out of a few bags, that’s for sure!”

And that’s just the beginning – as the build up to this year’s awards on March 1, NME will be staging a three-week long festival of music.

Proceedings get underway at KOKO on February 12 with Larrikin Love, with The Spinto Band (15) and Howling Bells (25) among the bands playing the venue over the month.

The full list of shows is as follows:

Larrikin Love (KOKO, February 12)


The Holloways (KOKO, February 14)

The Spinto Band (KOKO, 15)

Regina Spektor (Astoria, 16)

The Long Blondes (Astoria, 20)

Maximo Park (Astoria, 21)

The Gossip (Astoria, 24)

Howling Bells (KOKO, 25)

Kings Of Leon (Astoria, 26)

The Young Knives (Shepherds Bush Empire, 26)

The Maccabees (KOKO, 27)

We Are Scientists (Astoria, 27)

The Rapture (Astoria, 28)

¡Forward Russia! (KOKO, 28)

Tickets for the shows announced this week can be brought from 9am tomorrow (December 5) exclusively through the NME Ticketline on 0870 1663 663 and via