Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Live Review: Lostprohets @ O2 Academy Bournemouth 16/08/11

Warming up for their performance at V Festival, Welsh titans Lostprophets have embarked on a mini tour of the UK, and tonight they will be blowing away the cobwebs with an intimate show in Bournemouth.

Fellow natives of the Valleys, Town, have been selected as tonight’s support act and look pretty excited to be playing in front of their biggest audience to date. The indie boys with their on-trend hair dos and shirts buttoned up to the chin provide some bouncy , Kids In Glass Houses-esqu indie pop. However, their set lacks originality and with the exception of a few chants and catchy hooks they fail to make any lasting impression.

When Lostprohets take to the stage however, the excitement instantly floods the room. For the first few songs the band are practically invisible, what with all the strobe lighting and more smoke than an episode of Stars In Their Eyes. But once the fog clears the band get stuck in and begin to fire out hit after hit. In fact, tonight’s set is something of a greatest hits showcase, serving as a great reminder of just how many fantastic tracks the band have produced over the last 11 years. Although nothing can quite match such anthems as ‘Last Train Home’, ‘Last Summer’ and ‘Rooftops’, almost every song gets the crowd screaming the lyrics back at Ian Watkins and co.

Always a fan of the limelight, Watkins is clearly loving being back in front of a British crowd again and before the band’s almighty encore, can’t resist a little rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ followed by a stint behind the drum kit to show off his talents with the sticks as well as the microphone.  

With the UK riots fresh in our minds, tonight’s set packed full of sing-a-longs and air punching could easily have led this well-mannered crowd to smash a few windows. But thankfully the fans put that energy to better use, with plenty of moshing, jumping and dancing, leaving Boscombe high-street intact. 

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