It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Inaugural Does It Rock Awards 2010! The awards are a tribute to those band who spend endless hours on the road on unrelenting tour schedules, bringing high octane energy, passion and fantastic live music to the masses. From festivals to huge stadium shows, tiny pub gigs and giant arenas, we here at DoesItRock.net have compiled these awards to showcase the best (and worst) that Live Music had to offer in 2010!

So without further ado I present this years categories and nominees…

Live Awards 2010:

Best Band
1) Ac/Dc @ Download
2) Muse @ Wembley
3) Slash @ Download)
4) Stereophonics @ Hammersmith Apollo

Best New Band
1) Pulled Apart By Horses @ Electric Ballroom, Camden Crawl
2) Tubelord @ Enterprise, Camden Crawl
3) Taking Dawn @ Download
4) TurboWolf @ KCSU

Best Song
1) Arming Eritrea (Future of The Left @ Lexington)
2) Knights of Cydonia (Muse @ Wembley)
3) I’m Beginning To Think You Prefer Beveley Hills 90210 To Me (Fight Like Apes @ Barfly)
4) Dry County (Bon Jovi @ The O2)

Best Venue
1) The Lexington
2) Butlins
3) Heaven

Best Crowd
1) Fight Like Apes @ Barfly
2) Rage Against The Machine @ Download
3) AcDc @ Download

Best Festival
1) Download
2) ATP Pavement
3) Camden Crawl

Best Festival Anthem
1) Paradise City (Slash/Gn’R @ Download)
2) Killing In The Name (RATM @ Download)
3) Back In Black (AcDc @ Download)

Best Frontman/Vocalist
1) Myles Kennedy (Slash @ Download)
2) Matt Bellamy (Muse @ Wembley)
3) Pat Monaghan (Train @ Shepherds Bush Empire)
4) Steve Tyler (Aerosmith @ Download)

Best Guitarist
1) Slash (Slash @ Download)
2) Matt Bellamy (Muse @ Wembley)
3) Angus Young (AcDc @ Download)
4) Joel O’Keef (Airbourne @ Download)

2010 Spotlight Awards:

The “Waahahaaay Over The Top” award for exhuberant Showmanship:
1) A giant Balloon & a neon flashing Suit (Muse @ Wembley)
2) Reviving the the Hagar ‘Split Jump’ (Steel Panther @ Brixton)
3) Guitar Solo at 30ft (AcDc @ Download)
4) Guitar Solo at 45ft, while perched on top of a festival stage (Airbourne @ Download)

The “Eyecandy” award for the hottest woman of rock
1) Elizabeth Hale (Halestorm @ Download)
2) Eva Spence (Rolo Tomassi @ Camden Crawl)
3) The Sirens x3 (Steel Panther @ Brixton)
4) Emily Barker @ Camden Crawl

The “Turned to 11″ award for the Loudest set
1) Boris @ ATP
2) Pulled Apart By Horses @ Electric Ballroom, Camden Crawl
3) Pain of Salvation @ The Forum
4) Ac/Dc @ Download

The “I can’t believe I saw that” award for the Most Unexpected Gig Antics
1) Joel O’Keef climbs the stage in the pouring rain (Airbourne @ Download)
2) Isreali’s rock the bogs (Monotonix @ CAMP)
3) “Everybody remain seated on the floor” (Monotonix @ ATP)
4) “I’m Coming to get you” (Taking Dawn @ Download)

The “WTF??” award for the most unusual crowd Antics
1) Drunk bloke nearly knocking out half the crowd with crazed pogoing (Fight Like Apes @ Barfly)
2) Lady relieving herself in cup then pouring onto poor blokes leg (RATM @ Download)
3) Mosher who ran into a pole after circling round it too many times (Bomb The Music Industry! @ Underworld)
4) Putting fingers in ears, yet not leaving! (Boris @ ATP)

The “Is that a…” award for Most Random Stage Prop
1) Cardboard Box Human Robots (Robots in Disguise @ Heaven)
2) Alien Balloon + Acrobat (Muse @ Wembley)
3) Dustbin (Monotonix @ CAMP)
4) A Giant Train, 30ft Blow-up Doll & Huge Cannon’s (AcDc @ Download)

The “Fashion Disaster” award for Terrible Style
1) Eric Nally in skintight leather (Foxy Shazam @ The Borderline)
2) Wax Fang’s Prince costume (Wax Fang Performs Purple Rain @ ATP)
3) Steel Panthers 80’s glamtastic gear (Steel Panther @ Brixton)
4) Shoes, boxers and a full chest of hair (Monotonix @ CAMP)

The “Do Not Enter” award for the worst gig Venue
1) Monto Water Rats (For its summer heating crisis! Thankfully rectified!)
2) The Troxy (Big theatre, no atmosphere, extortionate beer prices, run down area)
3) CAMP (No more than a student squat with a bar at which you cannot buy beer)
4) Enterprise (The floor buckles under weight, slightly un-nerving)

The “Ouch My Ears!” award for the worst Performance
1) The Big Pink @ Wembley
2) Atlas Sound @ ATP
3) Twilight Sad @ Hammersmith Apollo