Then waiting with baited breath next to lines and lines of kids with ear stretchers, lip piercings and an incredible amount of tattoo's, Lost Prophets take to the stage. It's strange to think its nine years since 'Start Something' first appeared and "Last Train Home" was the anthem for a month or two. Opening with the first track from their album "Weapons", I began to lose heart immediately. What if they totally neglect their previous material and just go for the big anthemic pop approach? However, the inclusion of "Make A Move" from the acclaimed second album get things moving, along with teen classics such as "A Town Called Hypocrisy"- which contains a similar feel in its chorus to that of Ricky Martins timeless classic, "Livin Da Vida Loca"? Bit of a bizarre thing to notice, but its definitely there. Songs from Weapons and previous albums that I haven't owned/taken notice of are played out for the next half an hour, with only "Rooftops" making an appearance for a true crowd mosh-along. "Our Last Summer" and "To Hell We Ride" show the soft/hard approach that the band had achieved near the very beginning and before you can say "Dragon Ninja", "Shinobi" from the first record "Thefakesoundofprogress" is launched out of the lead guitarists Telecaster and the moshing starts once more. After such a delivery, shouts for "Godzilla!" reach maximum before the band and lead singer Ian Watkins have to give in and play "We Are Godzilla, You Are Japan" from the second record. The rest of the set seems very 'Start Something' based, with "Last Train Home" and "Burn Burn" being played before the encore. They've still got a respectable back catalogue and the main thing is that they are aware of what this crowd love. Hats off to them, they aren't going to back down anytime soon.
Review by Callum Barnes
Photos by Melanie Smith - full set here: