La Roux previews album as Samsung NME Radar Tour continues

The Chapman Family, Magistrates and Heartbreak all rock Manchester leg of the jaunt

La Roux played a blistering headline set last night (May 6) as the Samsung NME Radar Tour rolled into Manchester.

Playing the city’s O2 Academy 3 venue, the south London singer had big boots to fill after well-received sets from Heartbreak, Magistrates and The Chapman Family, who all played beforehand at the sold-out show.

Showcasing songs from her upcoming self-titled debut album, La Roux sent the crowd into a frenzy with singles ‘Quicksand’ and ‘Bulletproof’, before closing with her current UK Number Two single ‘In For The Kill’.

La Roux played:

‘Armour Love’
‘Colourless Colour’
‘As If By Magic’
‘I’m Not Your Toy’
‘In For The Kill’

Earlier The Chapman Family opened the tour, coming onstage to the rapturous sounds of alarm clocks and army bugles before launching into a powerful post-punk set including ‘Kids’, during which frontman Kingsley Chapman tried to smash up his guitar.

“[It’s] easily the best one we’ve done by a million miles as there was a fucking crowd in there,” the singer told NME.COM afterwards. “We’ve never played at any of the other places before, so to come to Manchester, where we have played before, and to get a crowd in there who seemed like they vaguely enjoyed it, was awesome.”

He added: “It’s a massive privilege [to be on the tour] as we’re the only completely unsigned band on this tour and who have possibly ever been on it. It’s majorly important for us to be on something like this.”

Watch a video interview with The Chapman Family below:

There were followed by indie funksters Magistrates, who whipped the crowd up with favourites ‘Make This Work’ and ‘Heartbreak’.

“We’ve done a few shows in Manchester and they weren’t bad, but tonight was wicked,” declared singer Paul Usher after the set. “I think that has to be my favourite show of the whole tour. To be asked on the tour is a real honour. There are a lot of new bands out there who could do this job, so it’s nice that people are digging what we do – it makes us feel special.”

Watch a video interview with Magistrates below:

Ahead of La Roux, Heartbreak took to the stage, playing an energetic set including songs from their 2008 album ‘Lies’.

The set also included an imitation of James Brown’s cape routine, with frontman Sebastian Muravchik dropping to his knees with fatigue – only to be revived by staff who came onstage and draped a towel over him, which he then threw off before completing the set.

Watch fan footage of The Chapman Family interviewing Heartbreak below now:

The Samsung NME Radar Tour continues in Leeds tonight (7).

The tours remaining dates are as follows:

Leeds Cockpit (7)
Preston 53 Degrees (8)
Glasgow King Tuts (10)
Birmingham Academy 2 (13)
Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms (14)
Stoke Sugarmill (17)
Norwich Waterfront (18)
London KOKO (19)

To check the availability of Samsung NME Radar Tour tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094.