Anna Calvi ‘a bit scared’ about her Morrissey support slot at London’s O2 arena

Singer hasn’t played arenas before, but is flattered to support Morrissey on his return to the UK

Anna Calvi has said she’s flattered to be chosen to support Morrissey at his only UK date this year at London’s O2 – but is nervous at the prospect of playing an arena for the first time.

Speaking to NME, Calvi said she has earned the right to play at bigger venues such as the O2, where Morrissey plays his sole UK show of 2014 on November 29. The gig, Morrissey’s first in London since 2011, was originally intended to support his recent album ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’. But the album has been withdrawn from sale after Morrissey left his record label Harvest a month after the album went on sale in July.

Calvi told NME: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of supporting Morrissey. I’m a huge fan of The Smiths and it’s going to be an experience. I’m a bit scared of playing the O2 and it’s slightly daunting, as I’ve never played arenas before.”


Calvi went on: “The offer to support Morrissey came directly from him and his people, so I’m very honoured. I’ll put everything into it. I’ve done some difficult gigs before, so I’ve earned my stripes to play arenas now.”

This week (September 10), Calvi was nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for her album ‘One Breath’, having also been nominated in 2012 for her self-titled debut album. She said: “It feels really amazing to be nominated for both my albums. The first time was a surprise, and you don’t get expect to get two nominations. I feel incredibly lucky.”

Asked how she’d celebrate if she won, Calvi said: “I’d try singing karaoke for the first time. I’ve never done it before, and it would be an apt time to try. I’d sing ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Kate Bush, it seems appropriate.” On her plans to spend the £20,000 prize money, Calvi said: “I’d buy a really expensive pair of shoes – big heeled numbers with diamonds on.”