Spector To Headline Emma May Ball

London five-piece Spector will be the headline act at this year’s Emma May Ball.

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Indie rock band Spector will headline at this year’s Emmanuel College May Ball, The Tab can reveal.

The male five-piece band, formed in 2011, have London roots that will complement the event’s Last Call to London theme.



After playing as a support act for Florence & the Machine in March 2012, Spector’s debut album, Enjoy It While It Lasts, reached number 12 in the UK Album charts later that year.

The band will be on familiar ground, having performed at Emma Ents in 2011. They also featured at Caius May Ball last year.

Known for their diversity of style, the band has been described as “somewhere between Roxy Music and the Strokes, the Killers and Kanye West, Pulp and Frank Sinatra.” Try making sense of that!

Joining Spector on June 16th will be singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin, who gained recognition last December on the soundtrack for the John Lewis Christmas TV advertisement.

Her album, English Rain, debuted at #2 this week.

We miss Christmas too

We miss Christmas too

Emma May Ball Co-President Ella Raff, speaking exclusively to The Tab, said:

“We’re absolutely thrilled to see Spector return to Emma as our headline act for this year’s ball; we’re confident that the bespectacled Fred MacPherson’s [lead singer] dulcet tones will win over the crowds!

“We are also delighted to have secured one of the fastest-rising stars in British music, and are looking forward to a very special set from Gabrielle.”

The Emma Committee are evidently big MacPherson fans!

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