LIVE: Lostprophets @ O2 Brixton Academy, London (04/05/2012)

Date: May 4th, 2012
Venue: O2 Brixton Academy, London
Support: Modestep


Support act Modestep (***) are a band who are likely to spark a debate much like that surrounding Skrillex; they’re a band who can’t decide what genre they want to be. Lostprophets took a gamble taking this band out on the road with them, but a support act’s job is to warm up a crowd in anticipation for the headline band. Modestep not only warmed up the crowd, but they twisted them about, wore them out and tucked them into bed.

As soon as the band crashed heavily into twisted covers such as Cee Lo Green‘s ‘Fuck You’, David Guetta‘s ‘Love Don’t Let Me Go’ and Madness‘Iron Shirt’, the crowd pulsed and surged into a frenzy with few hands not in the air and few bodies not bouncing. With half the crowd in a frenzied pulsating mosh pit and the other half trying to dance or two step, the crowd show off how Modestep want to be on stage. Despite owning the airwaves in recent months and making Radio 1‘s playlist on various occasions, this band are one who excels at live shows and that’s the only way to get everything this band have to offer.

Dressed identically, Lostprophets (*****) burst out full of excitement and unity and go straight into opener, ‘Bring ‘Em Down’, the first single from their latest album, ‘Weapons’. Ian Watkins‘ voice carries out over the crowd with a gritty edge, even though half the time the crowd drown him out with their singing and screaming. Despite this tour promoting their latest album, the band play a mixture of greatest hits spanning their entire fifteen year career, from ‘Shinobi Vs. Dragon Ninja’ from 2000’s ‘fakesoundofprogress’ right through to up-and-coming single, ‘We Bring An Arsenal’. With their array of tracks, it’s clear to see to a crowd of die-hard fans that it doesn’t really matter how long Lostprophets take to produce an album worthy of release or how long it takes to do a full scale tour again; their fans will hang back and wait and lap up every second of music when they do.

Throughout the band’s ninety minute set, the crowd chant for ‘We Are Godzilla, You Are Japan’, and on several occasions the guitar riffs start, the crowd goes mad and then laughing the band stop and play something different. But, just before the band go off, Ian raises his hand, makes a claw, the track begins and for the next three minutes the crowd and fans are a blur. An impressive feat considering this track was on an album released almost eight years ago when the majority of the crowd were barely teenagers.

Every song this band play, whether it’s a huge chart topping single or a lesser well known track from an album released almost ten years ago, the crowd react the same with screams of excitement, tears of joy and voices singing every last word. This band have been around for fifteen years, and if tonight’s show is anything to go by they might be around for another fifteen.

Written by Rhian Westbury