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Anna Calvi played the Great Escape (pics), about to tour w/ Cuckoo Chaos (win tix)

photos by Tim Griffin

Anna Calvi in Brighton
Anna Calvi

Calvi was midway through a lean eight song set when I entered, but I was utterly spellbound for the four songs I caught. ‘Desire’ was a particularly stirring highlight from the singer who has recently recovered from a serious hand injury to be back on guitar playing duty, providing inspired flamenco-inspired flourishes to her otherworldly brand of Banshees-esque goth-pop. Her lips curling around harsh consonants provided subtle breaks to her commanding and powerful vocal, which was offset beautifully against her charmingly dainty asides. Her presence and poise was there for all to see, though this is no idle hype; Calvi will be a real force to reckon with and I await her further output with baited breath.” [Skiddle]

Anna Calvi joined Handsome Furs, EMA, Warpaint, Okkervil River, and too many more to name at the UK festival The Great Escape over the weekend. Anna’s set took place at Brighton venue Komedia on Friday. The above review and the pictures in this post are from that show (and even more pictures from The Great Escape can be found at the BV Facebook page).

Now Anna Calvi is about to kick off her post-injury North American tour with a show in Philadelphia before heading to NYC to play Bowery Ballroom on 5/25 with Cuckoo Chaos and She Keeps Bees. Tickets for the NYC show are still available, and you can try your luck at winning a pair! Details on how to enter our contest are under her full list of tour dates below.

In April Anna played a show in Paris that you can watch in full online.

Cuckoo Chaos is a 5-piece San Diego Lefse-signed band comprised of “players from other bands including The Vision of a Dying World, The Paddle Boat, Black Mamba, and Cousins.” They’ve appropriately tagged their own Bandcamp page with “tropcal hipster jams,” and they’ll be on the road with Anna from NYC to San Francisco. Show up early to check them out. All dates, more Brighton pics, and the contest details, below…

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Anna Calvi – 2011 Tour Dates
23 MAY JOHNNY BRENDA’S Philadelphia, PA
25 MAY BOWERY BALLROOM New York, NY *
27 MAY EL MOCAMBO Toronto, ON *
28 MAY SCHUBA’S TAVERN Chicago, IL *
29 MAY TRIPLE ROCK SOCIAL CLUB Minneapolis, MN *
1 JUN THE CROCODILE Seattle, WA *
2 JUN BILTMORE CABARET Vancouver, BC *
5 JUN CAFE DU NORD San Francisco, CA *
7 JUN TROUBADOR Los Angeles, CA *
11 JUN DON VALLEY BOWL (supporting Arctic Monkeys) Sheffield, UK
16 JUN ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL – MELTDOWN FESTIVAL London, UK
18 JUN DIA DE LA MUSICA Madrid, Spain
21 JUN HANA BI Ravenna, Italy
22 JUN MOLE VANVITELLIANA Ancona, Italy
30 JUN HOVE FESTIVAL Hove, Norway
12 JUN FESTIVAL ART ROCK St Brieuc, France
25 JUN GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL Glastonbury, UK
1 JUL ROSKILDE FESTIVAL ART ROCK Roskilde, Denmark
2 JUL FESTIVAL LES EUROCKEENNES Belfort, France
3 JUL FESTIVAL BEAUREGARD Caen, France
4 JUL MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL Montreux, Switzerland
6 JUL OPTIMUS ALIVE FESTIVAL Lisbon, Portugal
7 JUL PLAGE DE ROCK FESTIVAL St. Tropez, France
10 JUL RUISROCK FESTIVAL Finland
13 JUL PAZIALE Turin, Italy
14 JUL BENICASSIM FESTIVAL Spain
15 JUL HULTSFRED FESTIVAL Sweden
17 JUL LATITUDE FESTIVAL UK
20 JUL PIAZZA CASTELLO Sesto Al Reghena, Italy
21 JUL PALEO FESTIVAL Switzerland
5 AUG BELLADRUM FESTIVAL Inverness, UK
6 AUG FIELD DAY FESTIVAL UK
7 AUG OFF FESTIVAL Poland
11 AUG HALDERN FESTIVAL Germany
12 AUG BROTFABRIK FESTIVAL Frankfurt, Germany
14 AUG KAMPNAGEL Hamburg, Germany
18 AUG PUKKELPOP FESTIVAL Belgium
19 AUG LOWLANDS FESTIVAL Holland
20 AUG FREQUENCY FESTIVAL Austria
28 AUG ROCKE EN SEINE France
* w/ Cuckoo Chaos

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To win the Anna Calvi tickets, e-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Calvi). Include your first and last name in the email. One winner will be randomly selected and awarded the tickets and contacted. Good luck! FYI, don’t worry, your name/email will not be used for any nefarious purposes.

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