The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

Saturday (September 26) saw the first night of the Fly53 NME Radar Tour, starring Golden Silvers, Marina And The Diamonds, Local Natives and Yes Giantess (pictured). Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

With the tour set to continue into mid-October, the four bands got the gig run off to an impressive start, playing to a busy crowd including a large amount of fans who arrived early to see US synth-pop openers Yes, Giantess (pictured) play from 6:45pm. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

After Yes Giantess' opening set, Silver Lake five-piece Local Natives took to the stage. The band played songs from their forthcoming debut album including opener 'World News' and single 'Sun Hands'. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

"It's like the first day of summer camp," Local Natives singer/guitarist Taylor Rice said before the show after meeting his new touring partners. "It's kind of like those showcases they used to have in the '60s," keyboard player Kelcey Ayer added. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

Later, Marina And The Diamonds emerged on stage to be greeted by huge screams from a contingent of mainly female fans from the front row of the audience. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

Frontwoman Marina Diamandis led her band through a set comprised of songs including fan favourites 'Girls' and 'Shampain', asking for help from the screeching fans cheering her every word. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

"Can you guys at the front be on camel-toe watch?" she asked shortly into the set, referencing her leggings-style trousers. "My stylist said this wouldn't cause this, but just in case." Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

Marina went on to play an well-received set of flamboyant pop which included a cover of Late Of The Pier's 'Space And The Woods'. The set ended with 'Mowglils Road', following an impromptu birthday singalong for a fan in the crowd. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

After Marina And The Diamonds' set Golden Silvers took the stage – the three-piece bolstered with the addition of a percussionist/keyboard player, "Tommy", for the tour. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

Golden Silvers played songs from their debut album, 'True Romance', plus 'Bonebreaker' – what frontman Gwilym Gold described as a "brand new song". Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

The frontman had outlined his optimism about the tour earlier, saying, "I just met the rest of the bands – everyone seemed really cool. Hopefully we’ll all get to crack a beer and get talking about things soon, get to know each other a bit!" Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

The band ended their set with 'Arrows Of Eros' to mark the close of the first night of the FLY53 NME Radar Tour 2009. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

To grab free downloads from the bands on the tour, head to the Fly53 NME Radar Tour blog. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

Marina Diamandis relaxes ahead of her appearance on the tour. She will be keeping a diary throughout the tour, which you can follow here. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

Yes Giantess on the Fly53 NME Radar Tour. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

The tour continues tonight (28 September) in Manchester, before hitting Glasgow on October 1st. You can buy tickets for the remaining shows here. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

Local Natives pose for NME's photographer ahead of the first night of the tour. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Fly53 NME Radar Tour kicks off

As a mark of solidarity, all artists on the tour are wearing matching, hand-made needlework patches on their jackets. Photo: Andy Willsher

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