The NME Awards tour aims to bring the best of new music to venues across the UK and the Cardiff line-up did not disappoint.
Headliners The Maccabees have come of age, mixing up their two albums and dropping some old favourites like ‘Latchmere’ in favour of tracks from new album ‘Wall of Arms’.
Frontman Orlando Weeks toyed with crowd throughout the set and dedicated a stripped down version of ‘Toothpaste Kisses’ to “all the Valentines couples in the building.”
Finishing with an anthemic ‘Love You Better’, the band were inspiring outbreaks of sporadic unbridled joy from the adoring crowd.
Bombay Bicycle Club put in a solid set and despite being around for many years they are a band on the up, perfectly picked as a support for The Maccabees as they share many musical traits.
Jack Steadman’s stuttering vocal style was well showcased on a selection of tracks from their first album and new single ‘Always Like This’ is sure to receive some strong radio airplay.
The Big Pink were second on and the buzz surrounding them is huge. They saved hit-single ‘Dominoes’ until last but their big-sound went down well and surprised many with the strength and depth of their songs.
They may be older than a lot of the hotly-tipped bands but this means their stage-craft is impressive and their sound is tight.
The Drums, a four-piece from New York, were first on and the highlight of their set was some bizzarre dancing with a tamborine by guitarist Jacob Graham – but a band you can expect NME to be fawning over in 2010.