Shockwaves NME Awards 2008: All The Photos


Manic Street Preachers rehearsing their career-spanning medley of hits they’ve chosen to celebrate becoming NME’s Godlike Geniuses 2008. Pic: Andy Willsher


We don’t want to give too much away about tonight’s performance from Godlike Geniuses Manic Street Preachers, but let’s just say they’re playing songs stretching right back to ‘Generation Terrorists’. Keep coming back to NME.COM all day to find out everything as it happens. Pic: Andy Willsher


A glimpse of tonight’s Godlike Geniuses Manic Street Preachers rehearsing at London’s Indigo2 yesterday. Catch their full set as it happens right in this here gallery. Pic: Andy Willsher



Lightspeed Champion is set to perform for NME at tonight’s Shockwaves NME Awards. He’s nominated for the Best Blog award. Pic: Andy Willsher


Kate Nash has a quick cuppa during rehearsals with Billy Bragg yesterday. The two are doing a couple of songs this evening – keep clicking back here for the pics as they happen! Pic: Andy Willsher


Tables start appearing at the IndigO2 for tonight’s awards. These ones will be full of Radio 1 DJs and The Twang in a few hours time… Pic: Andy Willsher





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We Are Scientists skulking around backstage before the Shockwaves NME Awards. Brooklynâ


Rolling out the red carpet for a galaxy of celebrities and rogues, set to include Primal Scream, Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons and many, many more. Pic: Tim Cochrane


Presenters Mat Horne and James Corden squeeze in some last-minute rehearsals as the celebs line up outside. Pic: Tim Cochrane



Actor Danny Dyer rocks up to the awards. Heâ


Does It Offend You, Yeah? and Klaxons jostle for space on the red carpet as the ceremony nears kick-off. Pic: Tim Cochrane


Tim Burgess lurking around the back of IndigO2 shortly before the Shockwaves NME Awards. Pic: Guy Eppel


Richard Hawley arriving at the Shockwaves NME Awards. He presented the Best Track award to his friends and collaborators Arctic Monkeys for ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’. Pic: Guy Eppel


Dirty Pretty Things make their entrance under a stormy sky at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008. Pic: Guy Eppel


Cerys Matthews of Catatonia and I’m A Celebrity… fame rocks up to the Shockwaves NME Awards moments before they began. Pic: James Quniton


The Twang arrive at the Shockwaves NME Awards, well prepared with a big stock of lager. The band have pride of place at the ceremony with a table near the front. Pic: James Quinton


The Ting Tings join the party. The band had to to pull out of the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour at one point due to illness, but they’re on fine form tonight. Pic: James Quinton


Reverand and the Makers’ John McLure casually strolled up the red carpet tonight in front of the glare of photographers. Keep checking back for snaps of all the action. Pic: James Quinton


If you think Patrick Wolf’s dress/scarf/necklace combo looks striking, you should have seen his shoes. We’ll try and get a shot of the footwear for you later. Pic: James Quinton


Noel Fielding posing for the paps outside the Shockwaves NME Awards, unaware at this point that his show ‘The Mighty Boosh’ is set to win Best TV Show. Pic: James Quinton


The Horrors take centre stage on the red carpet; Faris won our Best Dressed award last year. Heâ


Presenters Mathew Horne and James Corden joined Dizzie Rascal for a rousing surprise performance of ‘Old Skool’ to kick off the Shockwaves NME Awards show tonight. Pic: Danny North


The Pigeon Detectives run the red carpet gauntlet just before the Shockwaves NME Awards. The band made a beeline for the toilets, where they adjusted ties and barnets. Pic: James Quniton


The Philip Hall Radar award is always a coveted award, and this year Glasvegas join the ranks of Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, The Long Blondes and The Twang, all of whom have gone on to have just a little success. This award is named after the legendary PR man who incidentally took on tonightâ


Arctic Monkeys scooped another award, this time for Best Video supported by NME TV, for â


Kelly Osbourne presented Muse with their award for Best Live Act. Pic: PA Photos


The Shockwaves NME Awards 2008 Godlike Geniuses Manic Street Preachers. The band have recorded a cover version of Rihannaâ


Bloc Party keep the crowd jumping at the NME Big Gig at Londonâ


Bloc Party play to a full-capacity 02 Arena at the NME Awards Big Gig February 28, 2008. Pic: PA Photos


Kaiser Chiefs play for the NME Big Gigâ


Big Gig stars Kaiser Chiefs. Hopefully they had a better time tonight than at the Brits, when â


Manic Street Preachers were “humbled and excited” when they found out about their Godlike status, according to Nicky Wire, who added that the accolade was the equivalent to four Brits.

Pic: PA Photos


Cerys Matthews and Godlike Genius Nicky Wire at last night’s awards. Pic: Andy Willsher


Burberry model Agyness Deyn with boyfriend Johnny and Dirty Pretty Things’ Didz Hammond at last night’s epic Shockwaves NME Awards. Pic: Sonia Melot


Lightspeed Champion and Fred Les of Ox. Eagle. Lion. Man. flanked by the Geldof sisters Peaches and Pixie just after the Shockwaves NME Awards at London’s IndigO2. Pic: Andrew Kendal


The Futureheads rock a packed Club NME at IndigO2 after the Shockwaves NME Awards and Big Gig previously last night, seeing ‘Hounds Of Love’ and new single ‘The Beginning Of The Twist’ get the best reactions. Pic: Tim Cochrane


Kaiser Chiefs at the NME Big Gig at Londonâ


Ricky Wilson has a quick chat with a crowd surfer during their NME Big Gig set at the O2 Arena last week. The band played ‘Ruby’, ‘Oh My God’ and two new songs -‘Never Miss A Beat’ and ‘You Want Some History’ – during their set. Pic: Danny North


“We’re very fucking happy to be here,” announced Nicky Wire during a set that included: ‘The Masses Against The Classes’, ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’, ‘Autumnsong’, ‘You Love Us’, ‘Faster’, ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’, ‘Everything Must Go’, ‘Umbrella’, ‘Send Away The Tigers’, ‘She Sells Sanctuary’/’Motown Junk’, ‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’, ‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’ and ‘A Design For Life’. Pic: Guy Eppel


James Dean Bradfield invited up Tom Clarke from The Enemy for ‘You Love Us’ during their post-awards Big Gig performance, and declared him a “fucking genius”. For coverage of the whole night, from the red carpet to the after-parties, check out NME this week. Pic: Andy Willsher


Bloc Party at the 23,000 seater O2 Arena playing for NME’s Big Gig. For the full lowdown on this and the Shockwaves NME Awards themselves, check out this week’s NME. Pic: Andy Willsher


The Cribs were joined onstage by Johnny Marr for their entire set at last Thursday’s Big Gig. Theyâ