fun. - Sheffield Motorpoint Arena

Having released one of the more unpretentiously enjoyable albums of 2010, the next challenge for this New-York three-piece was to win over the audience at an early evening arena support slot for Paramore. It sounds like a big ask but fun. pulled it off with aplomb. Perhaps it was the smart move of expanding to a six-piece that pumped up the sound or maybe it was the willing, and surprisingly large, crowd of (mostly) teenagers but whatever the reason fun. played a blinder.

Kicking off with bouncy upcoming single ‘Walking the Dog’ and album highlight ‘All The Pretty Girls’ the band and audience connected in a way rarely seen for such a lowly support act - and the enjoyment emanating from both was highly infectious and didn’t abate throughout the course of their 25-minute set. The undoubted highlight came in the form of an unexpected cover song that was originally released before most of the crowd were even born, yet they didn’t seem to bother anyone. Maybe they thought it was a post-modern reflection on the overexposure of Lady Gaga or perhaps their dads had insisted on playing it to them incessantly but the Queen classic ‘Radio Gaga’ was received with rapturous applause, a loud sing-song and a beat-perfect mass clap-along.

It would have been easy to fade away after that but fun. were having none of that as their paean to lost nu-metallers ‘At Least I’m Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)’ drew their set to an impressively epic conclusion. As they left the stage to well deserved applause you were left with the impression of a band high on talent, musicality and stage craft that may well be securing themselves headline status before long.

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