ICM Awards 2018: Best Live Performance Winner

ICM Awards
ICM Awards 2018: Best Live Performance Winner

BlackWaters Backyard Party

After hundreds of votes were collated and verified, you guys all came together and voted for BlackWaters’ “had to be there” back yard party.

Formed in Guildford by four students at The Academy of Contemporary music, BlackWaters are equal parts adolescent angst and masculine bravado, channelling John Cooper Clark’s ruminations on the absurdity of modern life whilst paying homage to West Coast garage kings FIDLAR. In all their resplendent and anarchic glory this band managed to dodge the “indie pop” bullet and instead pledged to uphold the glorious tradition of “I don’t give a fuck” music, a mantle they wear proudly.

Humble beginnings on the notorious London gig circuit honed this tight fit unit into a powerful live force and secured them support slots with The Libertines, Killing Joke, DMAs, Marmozets, Barns Courtney and SWMRS. Chaotic performances at Download Festival, Reading & Leeds, TRNSMT and Isle Of White amongst others swelled the ranks of their dedicated fan base and established the band as festival favourites.


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A huge congratulations to BlackWaters and of course our fantastic runner-ups for an incredible year. We for one cannot wait to see where 2019 takes them all.

Full standings:
1st. BlackWaters Backyard party
2nd. Wolf Alice at Reading and Leeds Festival
3rd. The Kooks at Moth Club
4th. Glass Peaks at Thousand Islands
5th Yonaka at Electric Ballroom


As 2018 draws to a close, IndieCentralMusic looks back at the greatest new guitar bands, right through some of the best live performances and even the most jaw-dropping films! With an array of categories, we want to hear from you. What has stood out to you this year? Cast your votes throughout this week for all of our awards; Greatest Discovery, Best International Act, ICM Film of the Year, Best Live Performance, Album of the Year, and the highly-anticipated, Track of the Year.

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