The Gossip go from bin bags to leotards

Beth Ditto celebrates birthday at Shockwaves NME Awards Show

The Gossip played a one-off Shockwaves NME Awards show in London tonight (February 24).

The Horrors singer Faris Rotter and the cast of E4 teen drama ‘Skins’ were all watching in the audience at the Astoria as Beth Ditto and co performed a blistering hour set.

Arriving onstage dressed in a grey bin bag, Ditto sang the first few bars of Labelle‘s famous hit ‘Lady Marmalade’ before launching into ‘Listen Up!’


The singer then whipped off her bag to reveal a skin tight light blue leotard as she went on to sing ‘Keeping You Alive’.

Throughout the set, her band performed a series of tracks from their backcatalogue which also included a cover of Aailyah‘s self-titled hit which Ditto dedicated to the late singer.

The Gossip star, who was celebrating her birthday, bantered with the crowd throughout the show before undergoing a second costume change which saw her don a black outfit.

The biggest cheer of the night came for set closer ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’.

The Gossip played:

‘Listen Up!


‘Keeping You Alive’

‘Tribal Best’

‘Coal To Diamonds’

‘Fire Sign’

‘Jealous Girls’

‘Makeshift Promise’


‘Don’t (Make Waves)’

‘Yr Mangled Heart’

‘Spare Me From The Mold’

‘Yesterdays News’

‘Standing In The Way Of Control’

Earlier Brazilian dance outfit Bonde Do Role performed a short set after The Violets and Pre opened the night.

For more on The Gossip and the story behind ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’s success, check out the trio’s cover feature in this week’s NME on all good UK newsstands from February 28.