VENUE: Carling Academy, Sheffield
DATE: August 14th 2008
REVIEW BY: Emma Caie
Support: Flash! Flash! Flash!, Haunts.
LONDON-based indie/screamo boys Flash! Flash! Flash! kicked off proceedings in a sold out Sheffield Academy, setting the scene for what was to be a fantastic show.
Also from London, second support Haunts brought an interesting mixture of indie and New Wave to the stage, their intention being to warm up the crowd – although it seemed to just chill everyone out.
It was a long wait and – three repeats of Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets later – the house lights went down and the crowd went wild with anticipation, eagerly watching for a glimpse of one of Wales’ best exports.
One by one, they took their place on stage, the screams getting considerably louder as frontman Ian Watkins took his place behind the mic.
Launching straight into ‘We Still Kill The Old Way’, the energy coming from both the band and crowd was immense. Followed swiftly by ‘The New Transmission’ and the ever catchy ‘Can’t Catch Tomorrow’, each played with the amazing precision that has long been expected of Lostprophets.
In the pause between songs, Watkins encouraged the crowd to sing along as the rest of the band prepared to launch into ‘A Town Called Hypocrisy’ – and everyone did just as they were told, getting louder as Watkins declared that we weren’t loud enough for his liking.
Treating us to two new songs, ‘It’s Not the End of the World’ and another which I didn’t catch the name of, they gave a taster of what the postponed, but highly anticipated, fourth album will sound like.
There was a mixed response, some liked them, some didn’t, but both songs had the catchy, sing-a-long choruses that Lostprophets’ songs are famed for.
Watkins and Oliver continued to charm the crowd with their cheeky banter and jokes and at one point the entire band left the stage so that drummer Ilan Rubin could treat us all to a fantastic drum solo, proving that the band had made a very good decision in having him as their drummer.
All too quickly, it was time for old favourites ‘Shinobi vs Dragon Ninja’ and ‘Burn Burn’, signalling that the end of the show was near.
Finishing with ‘Burn Burn’, Watkins calling it ‘one last chance to dance’, which of course everyone did.
And then it was all over, with one final wave to a sold out Academy, Lostprophets left the stage and then began the pushing left, right and centre to try and get outside.
A fantastic show by a fantastic band, Lostprophets certainly have grasped exactly how to please their audience and likewise, the crowds love every single minute of it.
A new album due at the beginning of 2009 can only mean one thing, another tour, which like the album itself is eagerly anticipated. Lostprophets have gone from strength to strength since their arrival on the scene eight years ago, and with a headline slot at Download Festival under their belts, there’s no stopping them now. Not bad for the boys from the Valleys!