This Weds 24th: Weller only playing a short set – with Kevin Shields & Gem Archer
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The Shockwaves NME Awards, which will be hosted by Jarvis Cocker, will be broadcast on Channel 4 at 11:25pm (GMT) next Friday (26) then on T4 on the same channel at 11:10am on Saturday (27).
Rock’s elite are set to blow the roof off the O2 Academy Brixton as this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards will feature explosive live performances and genius collaborations from both musical icons and the next generation of the biggest and best acts.
Taking place on the 24th February, the Shockwaves NME Awards is renowned for both its rock ‘n’ roll excess and great music – and this year is no exception! Hosted by Britpop icon Jarvis Cocker, musical highlights will include performances from Paul Weller, Hole and The Specials.
The bands of the moment aren’t to be outdone though – Kasabian will be taking to the stage with the Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding to reprise his role as Vlad The Impaler, whom he played in the video for their song of the same name.
Scots rockers Biffy Clyro will join forces with Welsh songbird Marina and the Diamonds for a belting performance. Meanwhile, electro-rock duo The Big Pink will become a trio for the night when a mystery guest joins them on stage! Acclaimed art rockers Maccabees will kick the night off with a bang having just returned from headlining the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour.
The Modfather, Paul Weller, will play a storming set after receiving the ultimate accolade, The Godlike Genius Award. As well as headlining this year’s infamous Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig, The Specials will also be performing one of their classic tracks and in one of the most hotly anticipated performances of the night, Courtney Love will play with the newly re-formed Hole.
In a night dominated by the boys, Arctic Monkey’s and Kasabian will be fighting it out as they go head to head in five categories – Best British Band, Best Live Band, Best Album, Best Video and a new category, the Giving It Back Award, which recognises bands acts of generosity towards their fans. Muse also racks up four nominations and Oasis three, despite now being defunct!
Other nominees include Green Day, Florence + The Machine, Dizzee Rascal, Kings of Leon, The Cribs, Radiohead, Lily Allen, Julian Casablancas, Jamie T, The Horrors, La Roux, Vampire Weekend, Biffy Clyro, Mumford & Sons, Jay-Z and Blur.
With a raft of guest presenters still to be announced the Shockwaves NME Awards 2010 will be packed with the who’s who of the music world cementing its place as the definitive awards ceremony.
Music fans can tune into Channel 4 on Friday 26th February 2010, 11.25pm to catch all the action from the awards.