La Roux and Catfish And The Bottlemen played an intimate gig at London’s Scala last night (September 3) as part of Zig-Zag’s Rolling With… campaign. Here’s what went down…
In front of a packed crowd, Elly Jackson and her four-piece band played an energetic mix of songs from her first and second albums, 'La Roux' and 'Trouble In Paradise'.
After opener ‘Uptight Downtown’ she told the crowd, “This is our last show of the year,” before rushing into a funky version of debut single ‘In For The Kill’.
Wearing a red blazer to match her trademark red quiff, Elly Jackson danced her way through ‘Kiss And Not Tell’ and ‘I’m Not Your Toy’, drawing huge cheers from the front rows.
La Roux's light show was particularly striking during 'Tigerlily', when she was surrounded on all sides by strobing lights during the song's ominous spoken section.
“Someone just called me a fatty,” Jackson noted towards the end of the set, sounding bemused. But the singer quickly brushed off the remark, and went on to close the performance with a dancey rendition of 2009 hit ‘Bulletproof’.
Offering something much noisier than La Roux, Catfish And The Bottlemen arrived dressed head to toe in black and opened with ‘Rango’.
Playing the same tightly honed festival set that proved such a hit at Reading And Leeds last month, the Llandudno rockers caused havoc in the crowd.
Catfish frontman Van McCann stopped to pose for a fan's photograph and a circle pit broke out during a raucous ‘Cocoon’.
The crowd sang along to most of the set, which included most of the songs from the band's debut album 'The Balcony'.
By the time the quartet broke into riotous closer ‘Tyrants’, some audience members had clambered onto their friends’ shoulders to get a closer look. After a quick “Thank you!” frontman Van McCann left his guitar hanging from his mic stand and the band departed amidst wailing feedback.