La Roux draws huge crowd as Reading Festival reaches its climax

Audience spills out of the tent as Elly Jackson brings 2009 event to a close

La Roux drew a giant crowd that dwarfed the Festival Republic tent as the duo played one of the final sets of the 2009 Reading Festival tonight (August 30).

In scenes reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys‘ first appearance at the event in 2005, the audience spilled out of the new talent stage and swamped the surrounding area a good 20 minutes before singer Elly Jackson took the stage.

When she finally appeared, sporting an extra big quiff, the singer and her live band launched into ‘Tigerlily’, sparking a wave of dancing in the tent as those outside squeezed forward attempt to watch on the outdoor screens, some even climbing nearby stalls for better view until security stewards called them down.

Playing a selection of tracks, from her self-titled debut album, as expected it was former singles ‘In For The Kill’ – which saw one punter climb onto the roof of the tent – and closer ‘Bulletproof that sent the massive crowd ballistic as the 2009 Reading Festival came to a close.

La Roux played:

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

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