Golden Silvers, Marina kick off FLY53 NME Radar Tour

Plus Local Natives and Yes, Giantess play Oxford show

Golden Silvers, Marina And The Diamonds, Local Natives and Yes, Giantess kicked off the FLY53 NME Radar Tour 2009 tonight (September 26), playing at the Oxford O2 Academy 2 venue.

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 play from 6:45pm (BST).

“We all hung out tonight – especially Local Natives ‘cos we had that bonding thing [both being US bands]” Yes, Giantess frontman Jan Rosenfeld told NME.COM following their show. “But we know we’re the best band here. Just kidding!”

Yes, Giantess played:

‘Spark’s The Word’
‘Can’t Help It’
‘You Were Young’
‘Sun Gets Low’
‘Tuff ‘N’ Stuff’

Next up Silver Lake five-piece Local Natives took to the stage. The band played songs from their November-bound debut album including opener ‘World News’ and single ‘Sun Hands’.

“It’s like the first day of summer camp,” 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.

Local Natives played:

‘World News’
‘Camera Talk’
‘Wide Eyes’
‘Cards And Quarters’
‘Who Knows Who Cares’
‘Sun Hands’

Following the set 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.

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.

“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.”

She went on to play an impressively-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.

Marina And The Diamonds played:

‘I Am Not A Robot’
‘Space And The Woods’
‘Mowglils Road’

After the singer’s set Golden Silvers took the stage – the three-piece bolstered with the addition of a percussionist/keyboard player, “Tommy“, for the tour.

The band played songs from their debut album, ‘True Romance’, plus ‘Bonebreaker’ – what frontman Gwilym Gold described as a “brand new song”.

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!”

The band ended their set with ‘Arrows Of Eros’ to mark the close of the first night of the FLY53 NME Radar Tour 2009.

Golden Silvers played:

‘Magic Touch’
‘Another Universe’
‘True No 9 blues’
‘Please Venus’
‘Arrows Of Eros’

Photo Gallery: The first night of the tour

The FLY53 NME Radar Tour 2009 now calls at:

Sheffield University Foundry (27)
Manchester Academy 3 (28)
York The Duchess (30)
Glasgow King Tut’s (October 1)
Newcastle Northumbria University (3)
Stoke Sugarmill (4)
Liverpool University Stanley Theatre (5)
Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms (7)
Bristol Thekla (8)
Coventry Warwick University (9)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall Bar (10)
Norwich Waterfront (12)
London Koko (13)
Brighton Concorde 2 (14)

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