Nothing But Thieves - Clwb Ifor Bach

With 2015 getting increasingly close to its inevitable conclusion, our minds (and ears) are starting to turn towards the future. What bands will be exploding in 2016? Who will be the next rock heroes? Who will be the next big thing? Tonight sees Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff hosting three such bands. Given the buzz around headliners Nothing But Thieves, Pretty Vicious and Witterquick no-one is sure what to expect, apart from a sold out venue!

Kicking off the show is Witterquick who are the sort of band that’s difficult to pigeonhole, as their brilliant charm and blend of music runs a gamut of styles – they clearly have a You Me at Six record or five in their collection. Wasting no time before busting out hits from their debut EP ‘Beneath the Spinning Lights’, recorded at Cardiff’s very own Longwave Studios. Surprising the crowd with a spot-on cover of Miley Cyrus's ‘Wrecking Ball', Witterquick definitely won some new fans with this set.

Up next is Merthyr Tydfil’s hottest talent, Pretty Vicious, who headlined Glastonbury's BBC Introducing stage this summer and are certainly no strangers to performing a show in Cardiff. Kicking off their set with the ballsy ‘It’s Always There’ which takes the concept of loud and throws it straight out the window. Powering their way through a set that included less chatter more throaty vocals, fan favorites such as ‘Cave Song’ and new single ‘National Plastics’ shows that Pretty Vicious are a force to be reckoned with.

As the lights go down, screams fill Clwb Ifor Bach for the band this sold-out venue have been waiting for, Nothing But Thieves who take to the stage after arguably a traumatic few hours of debating whether to cancel the show. For those unfamiliar, front-man Conor Mason had been ill and on the verge of losing his voice, however this didn’t stop the band tonight as they kick-start their set with explosive album opener ‘Excuse Me’.

With the room somehow getting more and more sweaty, the crowd understandably are lapping up every moment of the set, going crazy for the Essex lads who haven’t graced a Cardiff stage in quite some time. The set list is packed with songs old and new from their recent debut self-titled album release, such as 'Hostage’, ‘Itch’ and the high-pitched ‘If I Get High’ which does an excellent job of showcasing the true extent of Mason’s vocal range.

Concluding the set with fan favourite ‘Ban all the Music’, the crowd erupt one last time in a sing-along as the band all gather round the drum kit and completely lose themselves in the music, ending the show on absolute high!

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