Lily Allen made her live comeback at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire last night (Monday April 28), playing her first full-length gig since 2010.
Opening with a video showing a bottle of baby formula being made and then splitting to form two dripping bottles intended to resemble breasts, Allen took to the stage in a pink, feathered top and sequined trousers.
Backed by a four-piece band, they launched into the title track of her forthcoming album, ‘Sheezus’.
With four dancers appearing, the singer then broke into recent single ‘Hard Out Here’, complete with a backing film showing her face obscured by graphics of dogs. Allen spurred the crowd into a singalong of the chorus on by asking fans if they knew the words.
Allen was on talkative form throughout – at one point she pinpointing her dad, Keith Allen, out on the right hand side of the venue. “Dad, I just told the balcony to get up and dance. Aren’t you going to?” she joked before referencing the London tube strike that had begun that evening.
Continuing into old fan favourite ’22’, the crowd then concluded the track with huge rounds of applause and shouts for the singer, who seemed visibly touched. Thanking everyone for coming, she then admitted that she was “pretty scared about this comeback or whatever you call it”.
Allen then finished the main set with recent track ‘Our Time’, and Allen filmed the crowd’s response on her phone. She then performed a finale of ‘The Fear’ before exiting.
Coming back out for the final time in a bronze catsuit and tiara, the Londoner then continued with ‘Fuck You’ – baiting the crowd to flick a V-sign in the appropriate places – before playing single ‘Air Balloon’ and ending with old favourite ‘Not Fair’, complete with a short disco-tinged musical interlude.