Fall Out Boy - Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

Filling Motorpoint Arena is no mean feat, but for Fall Out Boy it’s just another stop on their European tour, and another sold out crowd to entertain. Since forming in 2001, they have held a steadfast presence in the pop punk and emo pop scenes, filling the hole that sits between pop and alternative culture, and the size of tonight’s crowd in Cardiff testifies to their ever-growing popularity.

Kicking off the show is Matt and Kim, the musical couple hailing from New York have an unusual set up which involves Kim on the drums and Matt on keyboards providing vocals. Packed with an electro/pop-rock sound that’s incredibly infectious, the duo storm through their short set that successfully succeeds in loosening up the crowd, as the arena start to fill up.

Arguably their sound is aided by the amount of energy the duo release on stage; dancing on the drum kit, sprinting across the stage and shaking all they’ve got while standing on the hands of the crowd. With a performance as memorable as this, it surely won’t be long before the duo embark on their own UK headline tour.

Following Matt and Kim is Hackney born rapper Professor Green who instantly fired up the crowd and created that arena style atmosphere. Although seeming like an odd choice of support booking, Green won the crowd over with his hit filled set list including ‘I need You Tonight’, ‘Monster’ and ‘Jungle’ before ending his set with previous number one ‘Read All About It’.

As the lights go down, anticipation is set at its all-time high as spine chilling screams fill the
sold out arena for the Chicago four piece making way to the stage. The crowd explode when opening numbers ‘Sugar,We’re Goin Down’ and 'I Slept with Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me’ are played kicking off the set as pyro and flames decorate the back of the stage.

The set overall is pretty heavy on American Beauty / American Psycho which is no bad thing, these songs were made for bigger venues and getting the chance to see them performed in arenas simply amplifies them. Songs such as ‘Centuries’ and 'Immortals’ sound huge and it’s clear to see the band have worked on their live show with a good mixture of songs both old and new. The classics have a new edge to them, ‘This Ain’t A Scene…’ is ridiculously fun and songs like ‘Dance Dance’ and ‘Thnks fr th mmrs’ seem to have been given a new lease of life.

After performing an impressive 22 tracks including an acoustic set at the back of the venue, the band left stage for a brief encore only to return and play fan favourites ‘My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)’ and ‘Saturday’ both rightfully causing the loudest reaction of the night. A triumphant return from one of today’s finest; there’s no denying Fall Out Boy are currently at top of their game!

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