Awards 2006

The Host: 

Born and bred in sunny Northern Ireland, James Nesbitt's dreams of playing for Manchester United took a back seat when a school teacher noticed his natural abilities to entertain and encouraged him to join the theatre. It was here where James quickly found his true calling and a star was born overnight when he took the role of the hilariously funny Adam Williams on one of Britain's most successful television programmes ever, Cold Feet. After appearing in Michael Winterbottom's Welcome to Sarajevo and in advertising genius Kirk Jones' feature film directing debut, Waking Ned, James Nesbitt became a British indie film icon and has since starred in Danny Boyle's Millions and Woody Allen's Match Point. James Nesbitt has been a long time supporter of the British Independent Film Awards and took home a Best Actor BIFA in 2002 for his portrayal of M.P Ivan Cooper in Paul Greengrass's Bloody Sunday.

Venue Description: 
The Hammersmith Palais has long been one of the country's most legendary venues playing host to all the most important music genres that swept the UK over the last 100 years. Originally christened the Palais de Danse, it was launched in 1919 to introduce Europe to jazz. It quickly shot to fame for its stylish décor, giant ballroom and live bands- qualities that have stayed consistently true to the venue today. In the 1920's it was all about the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, until swing and be-bop took over in the 1940's and 50's. By the 1970's The Hammersmith Palais had become a hotbed for punk rock, Ska and reggae. The Clash named one of their most famous songs after the venue: "(White Man) in the Hammersmith Palais". This cult record has since been revered by all sorts of stars including the notorious Steve Jack Ass. The 80's and 90's saw all the biggest British bands headline with unforgettable appearances from the likes of the Sex Pistols, The Police, U2, Primal Scream, Oasis, Ian Brown and more. By 2000 the Palais reverted back to being a dance venue shortly after Slipknot tried setting fire to the place. They now host some of the most popular nights in clubland like School Disco. 2003 sees the Hammersmith Palais fuse dance with rock and a programme of events which offer both forms of music, from past attractions such as Roni Size, to forthcoming live rock act, Grinspoon and this years NME awards. By promoting the two biggest genres of the moment the Palais protects its place in the history books as one of the UK's most important venues.


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