Corn Exchange, Cambridge
1st May 2012
Words and Photos: Emma Bowdidge
Lostprophets are back once again touring their new album ‘Weapons’ with support from dub/rock band Modestep. They’re both in Cambridge tonight playing the Corn Exchange in which Lostprophets included on their 2010 tour when they toured their last album ‘The Betrayed’ – Noise Addiction also had the pleasure to review them at that gig too.
Opening the evening up are London dubstep rockers Modestep. From the start the band are there to purely entertain and get the crowd pumped for the headliners. The first quarter of the venue from the stage were the most enthusiastic, bopping up and down and throwing their arms in the air in time with the bass of the songs. Stand out tracks from their set were remixes like ‘Levels [Skrillex Remix]‘, Cee Lo Green’s ‘Fuck You (Modestep Remix)’ and ever popular Rage Against The Machine ‘Killing In The Name Of’ cover. Modestep bring many of their own extremely catchy songs to the stage including ‘To The Stars’, new single ‘Show Me A Sign’ which saw the majority of the crowd holding up lighters and mobile phones as instructed by front man Josh Modestep and finished up with ‘Sunlight’, leaving the crowd some what exhausted and thrilled to hear a new style of band out there as one girl discussed with her friend- ‘I wouldn’t think about going to a dubstep show but I really enjoyed them and would watch again’.
The anticipation steps up a gear in the Corn Exchange as the crowd fall slightly impaitent to Lostprophets kick starting their set tonight. The band soon approach the stage with drummer Luke Johnson taking his place first – The crowd by now are in a state of screams and cheers as vocalist Ian Watkins walks on stage lit up only by little green lasers attached to his waist band. He grabs the mic and starts off with ‘Weapons’ album opener ‘Bring ‘Em Down’. As mentioned earlier this is the second time Noise Addiction has had the pleasure of seeing the welsh 6-piece live and they’ve made a big step up with their light show tonight compared to the last time – They pretty much played in darkness. Every song is so clearly sung by Mr Watkins you can not fault their live performance one bit. The rest of the band are on top form as well! The majority of the songs are favourites with the crowd singing back every word or chorus of the song. They throw all the old favourite Lostprophet songs on to their set list ranging from their first album to their very new one ‘Weapons’. Stand out tracks for this reviewer are ‘Make A Move’, ‘Rooftops’, ‘Shinobi Vs. Dragon Ninja’ (Which is always a big favourite for me) and ‘We Bring An Aresnal’. The band end on ‘Burn Burn’ and head off stage..
For an encore of course! The Corn Exchange by now are stamping their feet in the seated area above and the standing crowd are clapping and chanting for Lostprophets to do more. It takes a few different loud chants before they come back out for ‘Everyday Combat’ and ending the evenings events with ‘Sway’. It’s been one hell of a night in Cambridge tonight and Lostprophets have won the crowd over again with their astounding live performance.