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Live Review: NME Radar tour @ Oxford O2 Academy – 2nd May 2009

By on Sunday, 3rd May 2009 at 3:16 am

La Roux (live side)It seems you can’t go anywhere these days without La Roux being played or someone proclaiming their love for the duo, or better known to many as simply 21 year old frontwoman Elly Jackson. Catchy, 80’s synth laden mega hits abound – but live can she hack it? She’s currently touring the UK with The Chapman Family, Magistrates and Heartbreak as part of the NME Radar tour.

Sadly we missed the hotly tipped Chapman Family after not getting our heads around the idea of doors at 6:30 and finishing work at 5… Still, the half filled Oxford Academy 2 were well up for Magistrates who ambled on a few minutes after we arrived.

Like Klaxons but fronted by a guy who looked suspiciously like Dr Chase of ‘House’ fame, only the singer really seemed into it – the bassist, drummer and guitarist either need to losen up or get off of whatever fabulous substance they’re on. Producing a brand of perfectly acceptable first album electro pop but nothing amazing, in the long run they may possibly be 2009’s Palladium – some good songs but on balance really rather rubbish.

Next up was European duo Heartbreaks – Freddie Mercury and Mick Hucknell lookalikes, we immediately hated the look of this trio, however they quickly had us coming round with their thumping drums, and amazingly crazy frontman, the Freddie styled, romanian vampire esque Sebastian Muravchix. Struggling at first to get everyone going with their lack of hooks, everyone came around their Justice-lite european charms, resulting in more arms in the air than Magistrates managed. Things are looking good for La Roux if this is what the support bands can do.

She ambled on at 9:20 and did not disappoint. Plunging straight into quicksand it was easy to see that she isn’t jaded yet – still relishing every moment on stage. When someone throws underwear on stage (“and not a boy’s!” she gasped), Elly turns it into a recurring theme of the night, showing that she’s able to hold the crowd in the palm of her hand after so few shows. We were treated to a number of new songs from her forthcoming self titled album, with plenty of between song banter from Elly.

Quite honestly, her hair was amazing. Something that Shockwaves would be in awe at, it fitted in perfectly with Elly’s “budget trousers made for me by a friend”, which were pretty amazing. Asking for the lighters out for “As if by Magic” (“don’t worry, I’ll only take major offence if you don’t have a lighter!), by the halfway mark of the show everyone was in love with La Roux’ anthems. Closing out with the amazing Bulletproof, there was never any question of there being an encore – leaving out “In for the Kill” was just not going to be possible, such was the noise.

There’s no denying that La Roux is going to be a huge star this year, but if you have some spare time definately check out Magistrates and Heartbreak.

After the jump: La Roux’s setlist and photos.
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La Roux and friends on 2009 NME Radar Tour / April and May 2009

By on Tuesday, 3rd March 2009 at 8:01 pm

La RouxTwo of the bands that we first previewed here at TGTF, La Roux and The Chapman Family, have announced that they’ll be going off on the NME Radar tour in late April and early May. They’ll be joined by Magistrates and Heartbreak.

La Roux, who we first introduced here, is headlining the annual NME hunt for new talent, whilst The Chapman Family, who we introduced here, look set to be second on.

Tickets go on sale at 9am tomorrow morning, Wednesday 4th March.

Catch the bands at:

Wednesday 29th April 2009 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thursday 30th April 2009 – Bristol Thekla
Friday 1st May 2009 – Wrexham Central Station
Saturday 2nd May 2009 – Oxford O2 Academy
Wednesday 6th May 2009 – Manchester Academy 3
Thursday 7th May 2009 – Leeds Cockpit
Friday 8th May 2009 – Preston 53 Degrees
Sunday 10th May 2009 – Glasgow King Tuts
Wednesday 13th May 2009 – Birmingham Academy 2
Thursday 14th May 2009 – Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms
Sunday 17th May 2009 – Stoke Sugarmill
Monday 18th May 2009 – Norwich Waterfront
Tuesday 19th May 2009 – London KOKO logoTo find tickets, we suggest you try using Needtickets. offers you the most comprehensive ticket service in the UK. With one click you can search every nationwide online ticket agent and as a result you can find tickets for any live music event that can be booked online. Every ticket is 100% guaranteed as only offers links to official agents.


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