PVRIS - Cardiff University
It’s impressive to think that just one year ago, PVRIS were embarking on their first ever UK tour here in Cardiff. Fast forward twelve months and the trio has gone from a support band to a standalone headliner with sold out shows across the country on their debut headline run.
After a year on the road and countless performances under their belt, PVRIS have shaped into a formidable live band. From domineering sets at festivals including Reading and Leeds to jumping on several tours including the huge Bring Me the Horizon Arena tour, successfully perfected their craft on the live music scene.
Kicking off the show is indie hip hop artist K.Flay, who wasted no time before bursting straight into her killer fusion of thrashing beats and slick rap flows. Hailing from San Francisco and equipped with her two piece live drum and guitar band, songs such as ‘Sunburn’ and R&B sonic fused ‘Made Me Fade’ successfully move the crowd. Surprising the crowd, Lynn Gunn from PVRIS jumped on stage to take over the drums for ‘So Fast, So Maybe’ which instantly filled the room with atmosphere and excitement for what was next to come.
As the lights go down and the background music fades out to welcome the arrival of tonight’s awaited headliners, you could taste the excitement in the air of Cardiff University as screams fill the venue for PVRIS who take to the stage to open with ‘Smoke’ from their excellent debut album White Noise.
From the start, PVRIS have the Cardiff crowd in the palm of their hand and play with effortless style and huge smiles on their faces. ‘Mirrors’ and ‘White Noise’ quickly follow and the room is simply having a ball. Throughout the set the crowd do not sing lyrics back, they scream them. When first hit single 'St Patrick' hits, the room erupts with relentless electricity which keeps flowing until lead singer Gunn flips the switch and performs a stripped back version of ‘Only Love’ from their 2014 acoustic EP.
With the audience now fully rested, it was time for more ferocious jumping as the band bring the more upbeat songs for the latter half of the set. The final encore showcased the dance and rock element that the band can bring with penultimate track, ‘You and I’ causing a mass sing along from the welsh crowd.
Concluding the show with fan favourite ‘My House’, mosh pits broke out in the venue as hundreds of fans crushed forward to catch one last high five with Lynn who has climbed on top of the barrier to end the night with a bang!