A favourite among indie club DJs and attendees, Heaven is the perfect venue for Metronomy to make a long anticipated live return to London. Their second album Nights Out was wryly described by singer Joseph Mount as ‘a half-arsed concept album about going out and having a crap time’, hence the songs have a melancholic edge while remaining eminently danceable. Old live favourites like ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘Holiday’ and ‘A Thing For Me’ are all rapturously received by a crowd eager to hop about, and soon there is no shortage of beer splashed about, a live music tradition that bafflingly persists through the ages.

New album The English Riviera seems to focus most of its attention on the breakup of a relationship, one achingly constructed as a result of the nights of courtship on the preceding album. The jerky electro pop of Nights Out is toned down, and in comes a rather mature sound designated for dimly lit lounges. Rhythm parts are heavier, the vocals are tinged with longing, and the synths have dropped a couple of octaves. New single ‘She Wants’ typifies the new direction, with a minimal approach that is slowly infectious on repeat listens.

Despite nearly half the set consisting of new songs, the enthusiasm and energy in the room never falters and the final song ‘Radio Ladio’ has the crowd shouting themselves hoarse to the chorus of ‘R-a-d-i-o, L-a-d-i-o’. Metronomy may have had a few crap nights out in their time, but tonight’s audience certainly didn’t have one.

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