The Joy Formidable coax Mansun's Paul Draper out of retirement for Emerge NME Radar Tour climax

He'll play with the band on the tour's final date

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Emerge NME Radar Tour headliners The Joy Formidable are to team up with former Mansun singer Paul Draper on the final date of the tour in October.

The gig takes place at London's KOKO with Draper on October 14. Although he has sung with the band on record before, Draper has never played live with them.

"Through a mysterious grapevine, Paul heard that we were eager for him to sing on our track 'Greyhounds In The Slips'," frontwoman Ritzy Bryan told NME. "He generously agreed and the first seeds of a happy friendship were sewn. He'll be joining us for the first time live at London's KOKO on October 14 and he will not disappoint you. He's an amazing talent and we're delighted to see him on the stage once again."

The Joy Formidable are set to play Nottingham Rescue Rooms tonight (September 30) as the Emerge NME Radar Tour continues, joined by Chapel Club and Flats. Bristol's Wilder also play selected dates on the tour.

The Emerge NME Radar Tour now calls at the following venues:

Nottingham, Rescue Rooms (September 30)
Glasgow, King Tuts (October 1)
Aberdeen, Tunnels (2)
Manchester, Academy 3 (4)
O2 Academy Newcastle 2 (5)
Leeds, Cockpit (6)
Stoke, Sugarmill (7)
Cardiff, Millennium Music Hall (8)
O2 Academy Oxford 2 (10)
Brighton, Concorde 2 (11)
Portsmouth, Wedgewood (13)
London, KOKO (14)

To check the availability of Emerge NME Radar Tour tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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