You Me At Six - Cardiff International Arena



FOR THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD
AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM
NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
AND IN THE MORNING
WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM


Crouched silently in the photo-pit I watch, transfixed, as the walking wounded, some barely into their teens are led in a seemingly infinite procession back to the front-line. The fallen are not so lucky, they'll see no further action tonight as the stretchers and wheelchairs convey them to a safer place; at least they'll be home for Christmas. Darkness suddenly falls and the carnage behind is forgotten as the stage explodes in a ferocious insurgency of light and action and the screams from the crowd take on an ever more feverish high pitch.

We're here at the Paramore package tour to catch the ascendency of You Me At Six whose latest album Hold Me Down hits the racks in the new year. The sell-out crowd, comprised mainly of teenage girls, are obviously here for the hollywood glamour of Paramore but there's still a flurry of excitement for the arrival of the Weybridge upstarts who take full advantage of the gargantuan arena stage and engage in a full-on hyperactive assault. They may have a new album to promote but they are sussed enough to know that this isn't their party and whip the crowd up into a frenzy with a safety first, familiar set of which 'The Consequence' is the only track culled from the new album.

The audience, for many of which this is evidently a first gig, lap it up while the parents who huddle at the bar tap their toes, safe in the knowledge that YMAS offer a wholesome 'boy next door' larks package rather than any wrong side of the tracks rebellion. So, for now, the majority of the crowd are enjoying the best band that they've ever seen and the band take full advantage of this before blowing the roof off of the arena by inviting Paramore's Hayley Williams, resplendent with newly blonde hairdo, to join them onstage for a rendition of the poptastic 'Always Atract'. It's a Beatlemania moment and the band manage to ride the wave of euphoria even after Williams departs by quitting the stage with a crowdpleasing version of the hookladen 'The Rumour'. Like the tweenies who've been cascading over the safety barrier all evening, YMAS are on the cusp of something life changing; the whistle is about to blow and it's time to go over the top.

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You Me At Six will be back in March for a headline tour. Full dates:

9th - Birmingham, O2 Academy
10th - Newport, Centre
11th - Sheffield, O2 Academy
12th - Manchester, Apollo
13th - Newcastle, O2 Academy
14th - Glasgow, O2 Academy
16th - Leeds, O2 Academy
17th - Nottingham Rock City
18th - Southampton, Guildhall
19th - Norwich, UEA
20th - London, Brixton O2 Academy


Last updated: 18/04/2018 17:46:51

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