Ladytron’s Timeless Electro-Pop Fusion: A Sold-Out Triumph at LA’s Belasco Theatre Review+Photos: Ladytron at The Belasco 9/22/23
LOS ANGELES, CA- In a mesmerizing fusion of past and present, Liverpool electro-pop band Ladytron played to a sold out crowd at the Belasco theatre in downtown LA. Transcending the boundaries of time with an electrifying performance, the band divided their set time between new tracks from their latest release Time’s Arrow and long time fan favorites. With a career now spanning decades, the band showcased their mastery, leaving the audience in awe of their evolution and musical brilliance.
Opening the night was electronic producer/singer Dana CM, formerly known as Computer Magic. Her sound has been described as “spacy, sci-fi-influenced synth pop” and it proved to be a great match for setting the tone for the otherworldly vibes of Ladytron.
As the lights dimmed, Ladytron emerged out of the shadows, greeted by thunderous applause. The sold-out venue buzzed with anticipation, a testament to the band’s enduring appeal and newfound fan base. Opening with new songs City of Angels and Faces, the crowd danced about delightfully, but when Ghosts from 2008’s Velocifero played, the room was ecstatic. What a throwback moment!
Ladytron’s performance was a nostalgic journey for long-time fans, evoking memories of neon-lit dance floors and synth-pop euphoria. Their timeless melodies and haunting lyrics transported us all back to the early 2000s. Some of their most loved songs surely helped define that era. An era I am particularly fond of and many others, as made evident on this night.
But Ladytron didn’t dwell solely in the past; instead, they seamlessly integrated their new material, captivating the crowd with tracks from their latest album, a testament to their artistic evolution. The energy was palpable as fans, both old and new, danced in unison, united by the irresistible beats and ethereal vocals that have become Ladytron’s signature.
Helen Marnie and Mira Aroyo’s vocals intertwined, creating an electrifying atmosphere that pulsed with emotion. Daniel Hunt and new touring member Peter Kelly, mesmerized the audience with their skillful instrumentals, proving that Ladytron’s musical prowess had only deepened over the years.
The concert was a visual treat with a spectacular show of projected images that mirrored the band’s sonic diversity. Ladytron’s ability to seamlessly blend their classic hits with new, experimental sounds left the audience in awe, cementing their status as pioneers of electronic music.
They saved the best for last, ending their 90 minute set with a 4 song encore which included three of their biggest songs- Playgirl, Seventeen and Destroy Everything You Touch. As the final notes resonated through the venue, Ladytron bid farewell to a euphoric crowd, leaving an indelible mark on the Belasco and the hearts of everyone present. Ladytron’s sold-out show was not just a concert; it was a celebration of their long-standing legacy and a testament to the enduring passion of their ever-growing fan base.
Ladytron continues their tour in November, including a final stop at Corona Capital in Mexico City.