La Roux at The Ritz, Manchester
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Strictly over 14s only / Under 16s with an adult / Photographic ID required for entry
Elly Jackson will celebrate her return as La Roux this year with a run of winter shows. On November 16th the tour stops at Manchester's Ritz, where fans will finally get to catch up with artist who has spent a long time off the radar. After Jackson finished touring her 2009 debut album, she took a self-imposed hiatus that only ended earlier this year when details of its follow up were revealed. Now, La Roux is back touring a new album 'Trouble In Paradise'. Since its announcement early this year, fans have been beyond excited to have her back.
'Trouble In Paradise' tells the story of what happened to Elly Jackson and La Roux in the wake of a highly successful first album. The most obvious change was the departure of Ben Langmaid, Jackson's long term songwriting and creative partner. In May, Jackson told The Guardian that she felt Langmaid "didn't agree with the artist I'd decided to be". In the same interview she cited a breakdown in communication between the pair as further reasons for the split. She also spoke of the impact of fame and the spotlight that La Roux's success had thrust her under, saying, "I don't get fame. I don't understand what you're supposed to do."
Those issues, coupled with the mysterious loss of Jackson's voice (investigations led to a verdict of performance anxiety), go some way to explaining her lengthy absence. The shiny, neon-bright songs that make up 'Trouble In Paradise' prove that La Roux made a fantastic comeback. Both fans and critics have fawned over the beachside lilt of 'Tropical Chancer', the club-ready, David Bowie-indebted 'Uptight Downtown' and slow-moving pop of 'Let Me Down Gently'. La Roux's live return to Manchester will see these new songs played alongside her cherished hits including 'Bulletproof' and 'In For The Kill'. With her material ideally suited to the old-time dance hall acoustics of the Manchester Ritz, expect Jackson's fans to react giddily.
They've been doing just that since Elly Jackson rose to prominence as La Roux in 2008. Following the release of her debut single 'Quicksand' on independent French label Kitsuné, La Roux was signed to Polydor. From there, she released debut album 'La Roux' and embarked on a tour supporting Lily Allen, who was among pop's biggest draws at the time. La Roux's ties to the dancefloor remained firm as dubstep producers Skream and Skrillex both released successful remixes of 'In For The Kill'. A successful and extensive tour celebrated the success of 'La Roux' and led ultimately to the turbulent creation of 'Trouble In Paradise'. La Roux's return to Manchester to play it live is one of the most anticipated shows of the year.