3RD FEBRUARY 2015
La Roux helped to kick off this year’s NME Awards Shows, and along with some marvellous yellow trousers and a shit load of hairspray to keep in place her biggest quiff to date, selling out Camden’s KOKO with a headline performance.
If you saw La Roux, AKA Elly Jackson, the first time around about six years ago, you’d have been forgiven for thinking she seemed a little bit off. Having spoken in recent interviews about struggling with a quick rise to fame; she confessed to feeling uncomfortable in the spotlight which used to affect her when live on stage. Though, after Tuesday’s London show, we can be certain any bad press will be a distant memory, both for Elly and her fans. “ Remember 2009? ” she asks the crowd; switching it up throughout the gig with tracks from the 2009 self-titled debut and last year’s sophomore follow up ’Trouble in Paradise’, it was clear to hear the progression of La Roux’s signature synth-pop sound and a maturity in her showmanship.
With new a injection of energy and passion, old favourites including ‘In For The Kill’ and ‘Quicksand’ were given a long overdue revival and sounded better than ever, while newbies ‘Let Me Down Gently’ and ‘Uptight Downtown’ got the crowd going and confirmed that this comeback had been worth the wait.
Ending on the huge chart topper ‘Bulletproof’, not only was she giving the crowd exactly what they wanted, but it also felt like a statement, that this time she’s here to stay.