Last night we attended the NME Awards 2016 at Brixton’s O2 Academy and we had an absolute blast. As well as some deserving winners of awards like Best British Band and Best Solo artist, there were amazing performances from The Maccabees, Foals and Coldplay.
Our heads still pounding, here are five things we learnt from experiencing the whirlwind that is the annual NME Awards.
1. Coldplay are the UK’s champion band
Chris Martin said it best during his acceptance speech for the Godlike Genius award but Coldplay and NME haven’t always been the best of friends. From being recognised as a crucial part of the Radiohead canon in the beginning to evolving into the most accessible band in the world – Coldplay have put up with a lot of pushback.
However, witnessing the vibrant and empowering show they put on the last night, even the most foolhardy sceptic would be inclined to give Chris and Co a little credit.
2. Music industry folks know how to party
Thousands of cans of Red Stripe most likely lay across the sticky floors of Brixton Academy right now. Every seat and table was full with giddy music industry folk who live by the mantra: “go hard or go home”. To put it in context, they’d drank enough to enjoy the limp dissonance of Bring Me The Horizon.
3. Huw Stevens is a top bloke
A regular presenter of the NME Awards, Radio 1’s Huw Stevens proved once again that being a nice guy and passionate of music will take you far. Showcasing no pretension or agenda, Huw was the presenter we needed but probably didn’t deserve.
4. We all miss David Bowie
The whole ceremony was bookended with a beautiful slideshow of David Bowie and NME’s relationship. The man was an inspiration to every single person in that room, even if they didn’t realise it.
5. Brixton Academy is worth booking for your next work social
With the capacity of a small arena but the sound quality of an intimate venue, Brixton Academy is well worth considering booking for your next social. It’ll probably cost you upwards of £400,000 but the ornate decorations and plentiful bars make it one of the best party spots in London.