Review: Lostprophets @ Cardiff International Arena

May 1, 2010 1 Comment »
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Ian Watkins, lead singer of Lostprophets

Returning for a triumphant homecoming show was always going to be on the cards, and Lostprophets did not disappoint.

They were nearly overshadowed in reaction terms by Cardiff upstarts, Kids in Glass Houses, who were perfect as a support.

The mainly young crowd lapped up the power-teen-rock anthems including ‘Matters At All’ the latest single.

Other support also came from Hexes and Sharks, both keenly received by the fans.

Making way for the now veteran rockers from Pontypridd, it was a selection of the Prophets top tracks that had the crowd punching the air and screaming their lungs out in unison.

‘Burn Burn’ was reeled out early on to spark a dancing frenzy amongst the energetic audience, and tracks from new album The Betrayed went down well. But the older stuff didn’t seem to sit well alongside the newer tracks, and definitely split the crowd in terms of when they joined the Prophets train.

Speaking of trains, ‘Last Train Home’ was superb. Uniting the crowd in a gigantic sing-a-long with singer Ian Watkins the perfect ringmaster – leaping about the stage amongst his band. He led them into ‘Rooftops’ that definitely had the roof of the CIA shaking as thousands bounced like crazy.

The band were clearly loving being back in Cardiff and a school tie from the boys old school, The Hawthorn, was wrapped around Watkin’s head during the finale – and ‘Where We Belong’ was played out fitingly, and it’s definitely one of their strongest new tracks.

The show’s ending was not carried off brilliantly, after launching into early single ‘Shinobi vs Dragon Ninja’ the band should have left it there – but after a brief interval they returned for a slower number that left the audience bemused and wanting more.

If we learned anything from tonight, it’s that success is beckoning for Kids in Glass Houses and that Lostprophets are a phenemoenal live act.

Did you go to the show? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. fuckerzz May 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    it was a good show. Not as good as some of the others i've been to, but to be fair they did put on a good show (:
    i still hate Kids In Glass Houses though.

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