Robert Smith will take to the stage at London's O2 Arena as The Cure headline the Shockwaves NME awards Big Gig, it has been announced.

Having been announced as the next recipients of the Godlike Geniuses prize at the 2009 NME awards, the Cure will play a show at the massive Greenwich dome in February.

For last year's Shockwaves NME awards Big Gig, Godlike Genius winners the Manic Street Preachers were supported by Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, The Cribs and Johnny Marr.

And support for the Cure's show on February 26th will be announced soon.

"When the Cure play now we often play up to three hours and we play pretty much everything," said Smith.

"We'll do the same kind of thing, we'll reflect what we've done over the years."

Bloc Party's Gordon Moakes described the Cure as "a classic English band".

"I think there's something very genuine about Robert Smith too - if he was American I think he'd make a cult out of it," he added.

"What's interesting is that you can take his contemporaries from when the Cure started i.e. Morrissey, Mark E Smith, and none of them are really mainstream icons, even now.

"I think it's nice that we have these oddball figures who always have a place without having to dilute what they do. That's quite reassuring for us as a band."

Tickets for the Shockwaves NME awards Big Gig go on sale on Wednesday November 5th November at 09:00 GMT and are available exclusively from until Monday November 10th.

05/11/2008 01:01:01