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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.