Lily Allen, O2 Academy

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It’s fun for all the family at a Lily Allen show.

There aren’t many gigs where mums and dads with under 10s mingle with loyal fans in their teens and 20s supplemented by a fair number of later middle aged.

Strange really when you consider Ms Allen’s lyrics and badinage can be some of the sauciest around.

This was the second of a short seven-date tour which rounds off Lily’s big comeback year.

It hasn’t gone entirely to plan - comeback album Sheezus was hardly packed with the giant hits which stuffed its illustrious predecessor.

But this Academy show reminds us that Lily remains a potent live attraction, with effortless stagecraft and natural charm.

Things have changed - the set is festooned with giant illuminated babies’ bottles, a nod to the star’s mum-of-two status.

And new songs like As Long As I Got You or L8 CMMR are more reflections of the joys of married life than the edgy pop of the past.

But the old hits are all here too - The Fear, Smile, LDN, Not Fair, plus the Lily Christmas cover of Somewhere Only We Know, an inevitable showstopper.

It’s good to have her back.