Hurts, Everything Everything, Darwin Deez kick off NME Radar Tour in Glasgow

Bands hit the road for 2010 dates

Hurts, Everything Everything and Darwin Deez kicked off the NME Radar Tour last night (April 26) at Glasgow‘s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.

Head to the NME Radar Blog to download exclusive tracks from the bands on this year’s tour.

Co-headliners Hurts brought operatic pizzazz to the Scottish city as they set out on their first tour of the UK – the Manchester band members explaining that they were approaching the jaunt with a mix of nerves and excitement.

“We are excited to be touring Britain,” frontman Theo Hutchcraft told NME.COM. “We don’t know how people across the country will take us.”

Confounding expectations, the duo took to the stage backed by an operatic singer and a live drummer for their bill-topping set, which saw them showcase their intense, brooding synth-pop.

Despite being on their first ever UK tour, tracks like ‘Happiness’ saw the Manchester pair win over the crowd, even getting most of them to dance along for new single and set-closer ‘Better Than Love’.

Hurts played:

‘Silver Lining’
‘Wonderful Life’
‘Blood Tears’
‘Better Than Love’

Earlier the gig had been opened by New York‘s Darwin Deez and his band, who kicked the night off with a Napoleon Dynamite-esque dance-off.

Performing tracks from his debut self-titled album, including ‘Constellations’, ‘Bed Space’, single ‘Radar Detector’ and former B-side ‘Coma Song’, after the latter song the band took centre-stage once again, performing another dance routine – this time to a mix of The Simpsons song ‘Do The Bartman’ and Beyonce‘s ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’.

Darwin Deez played:

‘Up In The Clouds’
‘Bed Space’
‘Bad Day’
‘Coma Song’
‘Radar Detector’

Co-headliners Everything Everything then followed, with the Manchester four-piece winning the loudest response from the crowd on the night.

‘Suffragette’, ‘Schoolin” – which is released as a single on June 14 – and ‘Photoshop’ went down well with the energetic audience before they triggered the biggest response of all as they wrapped their set up with ‘Weights’.

Everything Everything played:

‘Engine Room’
‘My KZ’

The NME Radar Tour 2010 now calls at:

Preston 53 Degrees (27)
Manchester Academy 3 (28)
Stoke Sugarmill (30)
Middlesborough Uni (May 2)
Oxford Academy 2 (4)
Bristol Thekla (5)
Wrexham Central Station (6)
York Duchess (8)
Portsmouth Wedgewood (9)
London KOKO (10)
Norwich Waterfront (11)
Northampton Roadmender (12)

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.

Head to the NME Radar Blog to download exclusive tracks from the bands on this year’s tour.