You Me At Six / All Time Low - Cardiff Motorpoint
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena rarely sees a queue quite like tonight. Sure, there have been sold out shows before but outside of One Direction, few bands inspire their fans to queue up hours before the show in the freezing cold. The cause of such excitement? The co-headline tour between All Time Low and You Me at Six who bring their alt.rock roadshow to Wales with few signs of first night nerves. Both acts have served their apprenticeships and are finally getting their dues with a justified bump to these bigger venues.
The screams for Maryland's All Time Low are so loud they almost drown the intro music. There's no pause for breath, kicking off with ‘A Love Like War’ and the fast paced ‘Lost In Stereo’. After a medley of hits, Alex and Jack have some Blink-182-esque stage banter and while it’s clear that though the band have grown up, their sense of humour is still stuck somewhere back in high school. Songs like ‘Stella’, ‘Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)’ and the catchy ‘Backseat Serenade’ keep the temperature rising and after leaving the stage for a brief encore, they come back on to perform their latest single ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ and arguably their biggest hit ‘Dear Maria Count Me In’. It may not be high art but enough to inspire teen frenzy? You better believe it.
Fair dos to You Me At Six frontman Josh Franchesci for soldiering on with a broken ankle, his discomfort possibly hobbling the first couple of numbers; only with the appearance of ‘Loverboy’ did the Motorpoint arena finally descending into full on party mode. An impressive smoke and firework display kept excitement levels high and it wasn't long before the first of the casualties were being helped over the barrier.
‘Reckless’ and the heart wrenching ‘Crash’ saw the nine thousand strong audience united in song. The absence of any songs from debut Take Off Your Colours was a slight disappointment but the chaotic ‘Bite My Tongue’ and new number ‘Lived a Lie’ - and the obligatory arena-gig explosions of confetti - meant Cardiff drifted back into the cold with a smile on its face.