Guest Post : Callie Morris - Top 5 Live Acts of 2011

It's a new year (well, it's been a couple of weeks) and you might be wondering about some of the hottest new live acts to check out in 2011. We got Callie Morris, Web Editor on ticketing website to tell us some of her favourite acts and hot tips for the year ahead.

Anita Blay, better known as Cocknbullkid and her foray into the dark side of pop is definitely one to watch for 2011. Her live performances put huge focus on being interactive, entertaining and unforgettable as her powerful voice and glitzy charisma combine.
With influences such as Morrissey, The Human League and Madonna, and comparisons to M.I.A, Cocknbullkid isn’t one for fitting into just one genre. Her debut album 'Adulthood' is set for release in February and she’ll be playing in London for the ‘Next Big Thing’ event in the same month. For more details on Cocknbullkid tour dates you can check out

Possibly the most cheerful band ever, Grouplove put a lot of their success down to fluke compatibility and fate. With two members from New York, one from London and two from Los Angeles they all met by chance while spending a summer in Greece where they made music, had a great time and developed a family-like bond. When it ended the five-piece decided they couldn’t leave it there - A year later they were all happily living in Los Angeles and pursuing their music. Their live performances are peppered with sweet harmonies and foot-tappingly good beats, making it impossible not to sing along to - even if you don’t know the words. They also have a blog full of stuff. They’ll be playing in London and Manchester at the start of February, for more details check out the Group Love tickets page at

The Naked and Famous
Five piece indie band The Naked and Famous make their own brand of electro pop which is set to be huge in 2011. Their first album 'Passive Me, Aggressive You' was released in September 2010, with the single ‘Young Blood’ debuting at number 1 in their hometown of New Zealand. This heralded them as the first New Zealand band to reach this spot on the charts in three years. They are now setting their sights on the UK for the recognition they definitely deserve – beginning an extensive UK tour in February with an appearance at the NME Awards Show in London, and ending in Manchester on the 8th March. Check for more details of their 2011 tour.

Alex Winston
Alex Winston’s live performances are so packed full of atmosphere that you’ll leave wondering why you took so long to go see her. The Detroit singer-songwriter moved to New York in 2010 to pursue her career in music, releasing her first single ‘Choice Notes’ to critical acclaim and cementing her position as a definite rising star for 2011. In February she will be making an appearance at the NME Awards ShowGo to for Alex Winston tickets and more info.

In the past Warpaint has had many alterations to their line - some of these include actress Shannon Sossamon & current Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer - showing you’re in very safe hands with musical ability. Their bewitching debut album 'The Fool' was released in Oct 2010 with their first single ‘Shadows’ being released this month, undoubtedly catapulting them to the forefront of the experimental rock genre. The girls will be appearing at the 2011 NME Awards Show in Feb, before heading off onto an extensive UK tour in May, ending in Sheffield on the 24th. Check out for more info.


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