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Event review: Kerrang Awards 2013

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The devil’s rejects descended on Troxy for the venue’s inaugural hosting of the Relentless Kerrang Awards. V&E put some leathers on to check it out.

Words: Damien Gabet

Ceremony in full flow

Sharing a moment with a man in a toilet isn’t usually where I start event reviews. But a man wearing a three-piece pink suit, who also happens to be the singer of one of my favourite bands (Biffy Clyro, in case you’re interested), is worth mentioning. What a cool guy and a great way to kick off the after party.

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We were a bit gutted there was no live music (unlike at the NME Awards, also held at Troxy, earlier this year), but seeing one or two rock gods accept their awards made up for it. Brian May’s acceptance speech for Queen’s ‘Service to Rock’ was special – Dad will be jealous.

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Mark Hoppus, from pop punkers Blink-182, paired up with Kerrang Awards stalwart Scott Ian (the guitarist in Anthrax) to make light work of MCing. Their mixture of reverence (for the oldies) and sarcasm (for the youths) worked well and had us sniggering into our JD and cokes.

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High five to Troxy who made their first partnership with Kerrang magazine a good one. The VIP smoking area was nice touch, allowing the stars to smoke in private away from screaming fans out the front. And, of course, the major benefit of holding the event in a music venue is the sound system – loooud.

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Best bit – When Sid and Clown from Slipknot crawled over packed dinner tables to present the best British Band Award. Sheffield’s Bring Me the Horizon took the gong.

Room for improvement – live music! The food came out unusually late too, but we were told that was what the organisers wanted.

Suppliers – Bauer Media, organiser; ANPG, production agency; Vision 9, sponsorship agency; Nigel Food and Design, caterer; LD Communications, press agency; Relentless, Pistonhead, Fireball and Kill Brand were the drinks sponsors.

Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London, E1 0HX

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