Rina Sawayama, Griff, Halsey and Sam Fender to perform live at BandLab NME Awards 2022

After a year-long hiatus, the star-studded award show returns to London’s 02 Arena in Brixton.

Rina Sawayama

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Rina Sawayama, Griff and a slew of other music stars will be making appearances at the BandLab NME Awards 2022, which makes its return as an in-person edition at London’s O2 Academy in Brixton next year.

The one-night-only event happens on 2 March 2022 and tickets for the general public are now available for purchase. According to NME, audiences can expect to see “epic performances, big-name guests and some pretty unpredictable moments” in an evening that celebrates music and entertainment from around the globe.

Thus far, NME has confirmed the appearances of four celebrity guests: Rina Sawayama, Griff, Sam Fender and Halsey – who will each be delivering special performances that evening.

Along with being the first edition of the award show to partner with social music-creation app BandLab, the event will also mark the comeback after last year’s edition was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Holly Bishop, chief operating & commercial officer at NME Networks, said: “After a 12-month hiatus, it feels extra special to return to our Brixton home in March 2022 with an event that promises to be everything but predictable.”

“We have an incredible line-up, an exciting title sponsor in BandLab – the global game-changer in music creation and a brand that shares NME’s commitment to emerging talent – alongside a host of other partners that share our mission to make 2022 the most memorable Awards in NME’s history.”

NME also announced it will be partnering with the Music Venue Trust, a charitable organisation that helps protect, secure and improve music venues in the UK.

[Editor’s note: NME is owned by BandLab Technologies, which also owns MusicTech]