all the action in glorious photos

And we’re back! The BandLab NME Awards 2022 has returned in its wonderfully lively and drunken glory, as tonight, a bevy of the music world’s biggest and brightest stars take to London’s O2 Brixton Academy.

As artists and bands gather to celebrate a brilliant year in music, follow the night as it unfolds through stunning photos, as captured by our team of roving snappers. Here you’ll find all the best bits: stunning red carpet looks, huge performances, extra special guests and many unfiltered shenanigans. Here’s all the action as it happens…


Let’s get this party started

Nova Twins at the BandLab NME Awards 2022

Nova Twins are in the zone. Let the chaos commence…


BERWYN hit the red carpet

BERWYN at the BandLab NME Awards 2022

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The Romford-raised rapper channeled mega Stone Roses vibes with his bucket hat. Groovy AF.


CHVRCHES looked super snazzy

CHVRCHES on the BandLab NME Awards 2022 red carpet

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The trio are up for Best Band In The World supported by Pizza Express, as well as Best Song by a UK Artist for their Robert Smith team-up, ‘How Not To Drown’.

Adam Lambert on the BandLab NME Awards 2022 red carpet interview

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Show us your special moves!


FKA twigs brought some serious style

Out youngest-ever Godlike Genius stunned on the red carpet.

Foals on the BandLab NME Awards 2022 red carpet interview indie sleaze

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Looking sharp, fellas.



It’s only bloody Francis Bourgeois

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King of TikTok. King of train spotting. King of our hearts.


Fender & Co. brought the sax appeal

The North Shields rocker and his band (including his iconic bucket hatted saxophonist!) kicked things off with a rousing rendition of ‘Seventeen Going Under’.


Wish you were here, R Kid

BandLab NME Awards 2022 Music Moment Of The Year Liam Gallagher free NHS gig presented by Brix Smith

Brix Smith accepts the Music Moment Of The Year Award on behalf of Liam Gallagher.


Bimini and Adam Lambert presented the Best TV Series award

“You look so sexy, you make me wanna overthrow the government,” the UK drag icon told Lambert. Saucy!


CHVRCHES x Robert Smith x Jehnny Beth

A bunch of legends shared the stage as The Cure frontman and Scottish trio picked up their Best Song From The UK gong for their stellar team-up ‘How Not To Drown’.


The dream team lit up the stage

Griff and Sigrid performing at the BandLab NME Awards 2022

Sigrid and Griff, winners of the Best Collaboration award, delivered an epic rendition of their recent single, ‘Head On Fire’.

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