Standing in the crowd at La Roux’s sold out show here at Fabric nightclub, it’s hard to believe the singer’s last top 10 hit in the UK was in 2009. Yet, here she is over six years since her last album ready to promote her latest effort Supervision.
Performing in front of a neon backdrop complete with palm trees and flamingos, the set looks as though it were plucked straight out of the singer’s 2014 Trouble in Paradise era. But don’t let that fool you – a lot has changed for La Roux since then.
The new record is La Roux’s first release as a solo act without the help of longtime collaborator Ben Langmaid, but that doesn’t stop her taking the stage with ease as she ploughs through hit after hit with her bandmates; leading the hour-long set with crowd-pleaser Uptight Downtown.
Despite the lack of new music in recent years, both La Roux’s back catalogue and unheard hits from the upcoming album blend together into an effortlessly enjoyable setlist for even those that are unfamiliar with the singer’s discography.
When it comes to her number one single Bulletproof, however, the singer appears to have had a change of heart about the track since its 2009 release. “It makes me want to kill myself,” she declares midway through the set. “I’m not doing it ever again, okay? If you want to hear it, you can fucking listen to it on Spotify, yeah! It’s still there. I won’t be listening to it, you can.”
It’s only after this declaration that La Roux reveals she will still perform the song, be it a new rendition she made especially for live shows. It’s at this moment that the crowd fully get what they came for, as despite La Roux’s disdain for the track the performance easily becomes one of the highlights of the night as the audience feverishly sing along to every lyric.
Among a setlist dominated by seven of the eight songs from the singer’s upcoming album, it’s the classic hits that prove La Roux will always be a force to be reckoned with. If the crowd’s overwhelming reaction to the flawless performances of songs such as Colourless Colour and hit single In for the Kill are anything to go by, the singer has a long career ahead of her.
La Roux’s new album, Supervision, is out now.
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The complete setlist for La Roux’s February 6th, 2020 show at Fabric:
- Uptight Downtown
- Automatic Driver
- He Rides
- Cruel Sexuality
- Do You Feel
- Everything I Live For
- 21st Century
- Colourless Colour
- In for the Kill
- International Woman of Leisure