La Roux perform four new songs at first UK show in two years

Elly Jackson and new band played first of three warm-up gigs in Brighton

La Roux perform four new songs at first UK show in two years

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La Roux played their first show in almost two years at Brighton's Concorde2 last night (March 28).

It was the first of three UK dates billed as warm-ups for their Coachella appearance in April. Featuring no support act, Elly Jackson and her new band took to the stage at 8.15pm and opened with 'In For The Kill'.

"It's been a long time," said Jackson, with her hair no longer in its famous quiff style, but slicked back. "It's nice to see so many faces." The show was heavy on material from their 2009 debut, but four new songs did make it into the 13-song set. The first new song to be unveiled, 'Uptight Downtown’, contained dancehall-style piano and lyrics asking "When did all the people decide to change their shoes?" Further dancehall influences could be heard on 'Sexoteque', the title for which Jackson is adamant is not 'Sex Attack', "like my manager thought."

The most revealing of the new songs came in the form of 'Kiss & Not Tell' which had Jackson singing "All I want to do is come out of my shell." Meanwhile, the instrumental sections of 'Tropical Chancer' saw her playing air bass along to the track..

Less than a minute after leaving the stage for the first time, the band returned for an encore, playing though an EDM update of 'Fascination' before closing the show with 'Bulletproof'. "Thank you Brighton," said Jackson. "It’s lovely to be back."

La Roux will play two more Coachella warm up shows at The Fleece, Bristol (April 2) and Kasbah, Coventry (April 5).

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