And the winner is...
Fraud, obviously. Which is good as they are a good band. It would have been nice, but... that's the law of gravity, as almost nobody says. I had a good time anyway, arriving fairly early to hang out with the lads from Fraud, Shaney, Josh, Sam Burgess and Tom Cawley. I also met Barry Cryer, which was great!
The concert itself was nowhere near as painful as I thought it was going to be, and in fact I DID enjoy some of it: but there weren't any surprises on the awards front except for the pleasant surprise of The Blessing [with whom I think I will swapping a fair few PHP stories...].
Afterwards the inevitable media bash with refreshments was laid on, and I was surprised to have people talk to me and ask what I was doing next in a genuine manner. Anyone that knows me well knows that the industry and I have an arrangement of non-interference, so will be proud that I didn't spontaneously combust. There were also really cool people like Julian Joseph, Cleveland Watkiss and Phil Robson there.
So, VERY LARGE THANKS if you voted for me: I promise to do better next time, but it was an honour to be asked anyway.