The Drums played a short, sharp eight-song set at Newcastle's O2 Academy last Thursday (Feb 4th). The hyperactive show ended with 'Let's Go Surfing' and 'Forever And Ever'. Pic: Tom Martin.
Fans congregate among the carnage after the first night of the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour. The tour continues tonight (Feb 10th) in Norwich before moving round the country. Get tickets here. Pic: Tom Martin.
Bombay Bicycle Club found hiding in the backstage disabled toilets. The band were first support, hitting the stage just before headliners The Maccabees. They played a well-received set that included 'What If' and 'Cancel On Me'. Pic: Tom Martin.
The following night (Feb 5th) the tour moved to Glasgow's Barrowlands, where The Big Pink played a feedback-drenched show that included 'Velvet' and a cover of The Breeders' 'Cannonball'. Pic: Danny North.
Bombay Bicycle Club run through 'Dust On The Ground' at Glasgow Barrowlands on the second night of the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour. The band just announced they're releasing an acoustic album in May or June. Pic: Danny North
The Drums snagged the coveted 'first on' slot at the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour. Historically, bands that go on first have usually gone on to great things (see: Florence, The Ting Tings, Kaiser Chiefs, Coldplay), with the odd exception (see: Mumm-Ra). Pic: Danny North
Six months ago The Drums were pretty much unknown to the UK, but since then they've won over half the country. Their frenetic slots on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour will garner them even more fans. Pic: Danny North
Orlando Weeks from The Maccabees, headliners of the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2010. The band played a massive 15-song set that included a cover of Orange Juice's post-punk classice 'Rip It Up'. Pic: Danny North
The crowd at the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour in Manchester. To get tickets for the remaining dates, with The Maccabees, The Drums, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Big Pink, head here. Pic: Danny North
The Maccabees tuck into their rider after a job well done. Check out the video for 'Empty Vessels', their new single featuring Roots Manuva, here. Pic: Danny North