Meet The Emerge NME Radar Tour 2011 Acts – Anna Calvi and Grouplove

With the Shockwaves NME Awards Shows and Tour all wrapped up, NME is happy to announce the line-up for the Emerge NME Radar Tour in May, featuring shamanic songstress Anna Calvi and LA-based five-piece Grouplove.


On a tour that’s previously showcased the likes of Hurts, Crystal Castles, Bloc Party, Friendly Fires and The Killers, headliner Calvi, Grouplove and a yet-to-be-announced third act are following in some mighty big footsteps. Don’t know much about them? Familiarise yourself after the jump.


Anna Calvi

Miss Calvi was featured as a Radar Band Of The Week back in April ’10, where we learned that she’s one of only three female solo artists to be taken on by Domino in their 17-year history. “When I have my guitar I feel very powerful,” she told NME. “I’m very much me, but it’s a part of me I can’t really get in touch with unless I’m onstage.”

Her self-titled debut album (produced by Rob Ellis) is out now, and you can stream it here.

Free Download, ‘Jezebel (Edith Piaf cover)’


NME ranked these guys one of the best new bands of 2010: “Think a cross between National Lampoon’s European vacation, Summer Lovers and your favourite Yankee mall rat flick from the John Major years.”

Grouplove – ‘Colours’:


The tour calls at the following venues:

Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (May 1)
Bristol Thekla (2)
Nottingham Rescue Rooms (3)
York Fibbers (5)
Hull University (6)
Manchester Academy 3 (7)
Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (9)
Liverpool O2 Academy2 (10)
Birmingham O2 Academy2 (11)
Cambridge Junction (14)
Norwich Waterfront (15)
Oxford O2 Academy2 (16)
London KOKO (17)

Tickets for the Emerge NME Radar Tour tour go on sale exclusively through NME.COM/tickets on Wednesday (March 9) at 9am (GMT).