Gigs in 2017 would have been nothing without this lot
Whether a tiny gig at the back of a pub or you’re down the front at The Pyramid Stage, you can’t beat seeing your favourite act in the flesh. The six nominees for Best Live Artist supported by Nikon at the VO5 NME Awards 2018 could never be accused of being boring – on stage or off it. Last year, they put on some of the most exciting, unique gigs you lot witnessed, but who will walk away with that prized middle finger trophy? Take a look at this year’s nominees.
The VO5 NME Awards 2018 will take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14.
Why do they deserve to win?: They're unapologetically fun - just try and stop yourself from chanting along.
Key date: When they topped the bill at Reading & Leeds 2017.
Setlist highlights: 'Shoot The Runner', 'Bless This Acid House', 'Club Foot', and, at Reading and Leeds, covers of Daft Punk and Nirvana.
Why do they deserve to win?: The duo upped the ante with their live show this year, bringing massive production values to rival the beefy riffs of second album 'How Did We Get So Dark?'
Key date: Two homecoming shows at Brighton Centre on November 28 and 29.
Setlist highlights: A ferocious encore of 'Ten Tonne Skeleton' into closer 'Out Of The Black'. Oof.
Why do they deserve to win?: Stormzy's performances are always fiery, always fun, and never find him resting on his laurels.
Key date: His sets at V Festival were proof he'd been fully embraced beyond the grime scene.
Setlist highlights: No matter where he was playing 'Big For Your Boots' always sounded like a stone cold banger.
Why do they deserve to win?: She turned a pop show into an art installation with a giant glass box housing backing dancers and, at one point, Lorde herself.
Key date: Her set at Glastonbury, where she gave a UK debut to the aforementioned fish tank-esque production to a massive crowd.
Setlist highlights: A nod to her Disclosure collaboration 'Magnets', and the sheer euphoria of the likes of 'Supercut' and 'Perfect Places'.
Why do they deserve to win?: LCD have always been a great live band, and they showed a new album wouldn't change that. In fact, the addition of new material made them even better.
Key date: Two nights at Ally Pally on September 22 and 23.
Setlist highlights: As always 'All My Friends' made for a glorious closer, and new songs like 'Emotional Haircut' and 'American Dream' gave their sets a timely refresh.
Why do they deserve to win?: No one else has swagger like Liam, or the same level of on stage banter.
Key date: Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena, December 4, 2017, where fans set off flares during 'Rock 'n' Roll Star'.
Setlist highlights: Two encores packed with Oasis gems, and 'For What It's Worth' echoing around gigantic arenas like a bona fide future classic.