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09:31 23rd May 2014

Carl Barat has praised the Arctic Monkeys, ahead of their live shows at Finsbury park this weekend.

Watch our video interview with Carl Barat above

Speaking at yesterday's Ivor Novello awards in London, Barat said that he wasn't sure if the gigs would be the band's defining moment, only time would be able to tell today. He also mentions that they have been doing an incredible job of building their reputation in rock over the last ten years. 

"I'm really into the Sheffield guys from Alex Turner to Jarvis, Jon McClure and I'm really into tht gritty side of things," said Barat.

When asked if the Finsbury Park shows could be the band's equivalent to Oasis at Knebworth he responded: "We'll see  - time will tell, I think the Arctic Monkeys have definitely built it over the years in a good way.

"They've definitely got staying power and they do seem to be getting better and better."

Arctic Monkeys will be playing two huge gigs at London's Finsbury Park on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 May, 2014. For more information visit Gigwise tickets

Barat was on the panel for the prestigious award ceremony which took place yesterday (22 May) at the Grosvenor Hotel in Mayfair. Guests included the likes of London Grammar, Lily Allen, Nick Cave and more, who all came together to celebrate the craft of songwriting. 

The winners at the 2014 Ivor Novello Awards were:

PRS for Music Most Performed Work
Let Her Go - Passenger

The Ivors Classical Music Award
John McCabe

Best Television Soundtrack
Ripper Street - Dominik Scherrer

Best Contemporary Song
Retrograde - James Blake

International Achievement
Mumford & Sons

Best Original Film Score
The Epic Of Everest

The Ivors Inspiration Award
Jerry Dammers

Album Award
Push The Sky Away - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution To British Music
Jeff Beck

Best Song Musically And Lyrically
Strong - London Grammar

Songwriter Of The Year
Tom Odell

Outstanding Song Collection
The Chemical Brothers

Lifetime Achievement
Christine McVie

PRS for Music Special International Award
Nile Rodgers

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