Pretty Vicious kicked off the VO5 NME Awards Shows in raucous fashion last night

Goddamn, it was *sweaty*

To beloved east London venue The Shacklewell Arms, where the walls are painted with a tropical mural and where the atmosphere was fittingly humid last night. That was down to the sheer number of bodies packed into the back room for the first night of the V05 NME Awards Shows, a season of special gigs in celebration of the V05 NME Awards 2018.

The ceremony itself will be held at Brixton Academy on Valentine’s night, and last night’s shindig was a delicious taste of the carnage to come. The proceedings were opened by Sheffield indie four-piece Sophie and the Giants, before snarling Welsh upstarts Pretty Vicious broke their own amps and incited a circle pit. Here’s a glimpse into the chaos that unspooled from the stage and into the lairy, larger-than-life audience.