Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2009

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Florence and the Machine onstage at the O2 Academy Glasgow

Florence & The Machine bagged the coveted opening slot on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour this year, one which in recent years has seen numerous bands go on to huge success. They’ve just announced two dates in London in May – head to NME.COM/GIGS for full details. Pic: Neale Smith

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White Lies @ The NMe Awards Tour in the O2 Academy Glasgow.

White Lies told us they were “blown away” when we talked to them about their album reaching Number One last week. The band were filming their new video in Russia, but returned on Tuesday to join Glasvegas, Friendly Fires and Florence & The Machine for the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour.
Pic: Neale Smith

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White Lies @ The NMe Awards Tour in the O2 Academy Glasgow.

It’s been a good few weeks for White Lies. Not only has their album hit Number One, but they’ve been wowing crowds every night on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour, and have just been announced as part of our NME Presents North American tour, with The Soft Pack and Friendly Fires. The jaunt kicks off in Washington on March 24.
Pic: Neale Smith

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White Lies @ The NMe Awards Tour in the O2 Academy Glasgow.

White Lies nearly didn’t make the first night of the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour in Liverpool last week, as their plane was delayed in Berlin. However they’ve since made up for lost time with some storming sets, not least in Glasgow over the weekend, which saw them perform note-perfect renditions of the likes of ‘Death’ and ‘EST’.
Pic: Neale Smith

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NME Awards tour 2009 @ The O2 Academy Glasgow.

The newly renamed Glasgow O2 Academy, shortly before the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour rolled into town, with homecoming heroes Glasvegas topping the bill. The band have a busy few months ahead of them, with the rest of this tour to finish and shortly after a trip across the pond for their biggest US tour yet. Pic: Neale Smith

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NME Awards tour 2009 @ The O2 Academy Glasgow.

Fans on their way in to the Glasvegas-topped Shockwaves NME Awards Tour last weekend. Are you going to the shows? If so send your reviews, stories and pictures to news@nme.com with “Awards tour” in the subject line, and we will publish the best. Pic: Neale Smith

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Glasvegas @ The NME Awards Tour 2009, O2 Academy Glasgow.

Glasvegas have been treating their fans to an assortment of favourites during the early days of the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour, including ‘Fuck You, It’s Over’, ‘Daddy’s Gone’, ‘Flowers And Football Tops’ and in Liverpool even an Echo And The Bunnymen cover, ‘The Killing Moon’, which was witnessed by Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch himself.
Pic: Neale Smith

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Glasvegas @ The NME Awards Tour 2009, O2 Academy Glasgow.

Glasvegas in Glasgow on Friday for the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour. Are you going to the shows? If so send your reviews, stories and pictures to news@nme.com with “Awards tour” in the subject line, and we will publish the best.
Pic: Neale Smith

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Glasvegas @ The NME Awards Tour 2009, O2 Academy Glasgow.

According to former Creation Records boss Alan McGee, Glasvegas’ bassist Paul Donaghue’s auntie (aged 70) was in the crowd at one of their Shockwaves NME Awards Tour gigs in Glasgow punching the air to ‘Fuck You, It’s Over’. He wrote on his MySpace “the Glasvegas aunties at 70 are more rock’n’roll than Chris Martin will ever dream to be”.

Pic: Neale Smith

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Glasvegas @ The NME Awards Tour 2009, O2 Academy Glasgow.

Homecoming heroes Glasvegas backstage in Glasgow last Friday (January 30). Former Creation records boss Alan McGee went home straight after the gig and blogged on his MySpace page about how they could be the “biggest band in the world”. “[Frontman] James Allan is a truly great songwriter,” he wrote. “(There were) 2,500 people in Glasgow singing ‘It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry’ – like a war cry set to a broken heart. Glasgow has never produced a band as good as this ever before.”
Pic: Neale Smith

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Friendly Fires @ The NME Awards 2009, O2 Academy in Glasgow.

This weekend’s Shockwaves NME Awards Tour shows were something of a 48-hour long party. Not only were the two dates on Friday and Saturday Glasvegas’ homecoming shows, but a raft of aftershows were organised after each gig, with Friendly Fires (pictured) DJIng alongside Twin Atlantic and Mixtape. The chaos continues to Sheffield tomorrow.
Pic: Neale Smith

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Friendly Fires @ The NME Awards 2009, O2 Academy in Glasgow.

Friendly Fires brought two Brazilian drummers to the stage for their renowned set-closing pair ‘Paris’ and ‘Jump In The Pool’. If you’re going to any of the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour dates we want to hear from you. Send in your pictures, reviews and comments to news@nme.com with AWARDS TOUR in the subject and we’ll publish the best.
Pic: Neale Smith

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Florence and the Machine onstage at the O2 Academy Glasgow

On a stage bedecked in flowers and huge harp, Florence And The Machine opened Friday’s Shockwaves NME Awards Tour show. While Florence eschewed all her much-loved covers, she managed to play a song entitled provisionally ‘The Drumming Song’ live alongside favourites ‘Dog Days Are Over’ and previous single ‘Kiss With A Fist’.
Pic: Neale Smith

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Friendly Fires @ The NME Awards 2009, O2 Academy in Glasgow.

Friendly Fires shortly before their slot on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour’s first Glasgow show. The tour is heading around the country until February 21, leading up to the Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony. Highlights of the Friendly Fires set were frenetic renditions of ‘Strobe’ and ‘Photobooth’.

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NME Awards tour 2009 @ The O2 Academy Glasgow.

Florence And The Machine’s maracas man looks pensive during their slot on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour in Glasgow on Friday. If you’re going to any of the dates we want to hear from you. Send in your pictures, reviews and comments to news@nme.com with AWARDS TOUR in the subject and we’ll publish the best.
Pic: Neale Smith

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NME Awards tour 2009 @ The O2 Academy Glasgow.

The crowds get snap happy as Glasvegas head onto the stage last Friday at Glasgow’s Shockwaves NME Awards Tour show. As Alan McGee pointed out, they sold out a 2,500 capacity venue two nights in a row, when last year they were playing the 400-capacity King Tuts in the city. Pic: Neale Smith

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NME Awards tour 2009 @ The O2 Academy Glasgow.

Punters at Glasgow’s 02 Academy last weekend as the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour rolled into town. If you’re going to any of the dates we want to hear from you. Send in your pictures, reviews and comments to news@nme.com with AWARDS TOUR in the subject and we’ll publish the best. Pic: Neale Smith

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NME Awards tour 2009 @ The O2 Academy Glasgow.

The Shockwaves NME Awards Tour with Glasvegas, Friendly Fires, White Lies and Florence & The Machine hit Glasgow on Friday and Saturday night (January 30 and 31). It continues in Sheffield tomorrow before hitting Birmingham then Manchester for two dates and moving on to Leeds and beyond. For tickets and more details head to NME.COM/AWARDS/TOUR. Pic: Neale Smith

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