Jeez, the summer hasn't kicked-in fully yet and already, it's NME Radar Tour-time once again. This is the event organized by the leading music-weekly (er, the ONLY music weekly?) and designed to feature bands or performers who have got them all in a lather in the office. Previous acts have included Golden Silvers, Hurts, Marina, Florence and Everything Everything, a pretty decent bunch you have to admit.
The autumn Emerge version for 2010 is no less fascinating - The Joy Formidable come from Mold in North Wales and certainly grow on you (geddit?) with their riff-tastic tunes like "Popinjay", "Austere" and "Cradle" coming across like Duke Spirit, Throwing Muses and Klaxons sharing a stage in a gale-force wind. Um, they're rather good is what I'm trying to say. Joining them is Chapel Club who I saw support Wire at the Garage recently - yeah, yeah rather excellent moody bass-driven anthems is what we need, and I won't mention Editors either because they don't sound much like them.
The tour begins in Birmingham on 27th September before continuing to Norwich (28th), Nottingham (30th), Glasgow (1st Oct), Aberdeen (2nd), Manchester (4th), Newcastle (5th), Leeds (6th), Stoke (7th), Cardiff (8th), Oxford (10th), Brighton (11th), Portsmouth (13th) and London's Koko (14th). All tickets cost £9.50 (£11 London) and are on sale now.