You Me At Six @ Cardiff Uni – 06/01/11

You Me At Six - Photograph By Michael Lewis

A cold Thursday night in January sees the return of You Me At Six to Cardiff, fresh from their December headlining tour with Merthyr Tydfil’s The Blackout. This is You Me At Six’s first appearance in the Welsh capital since their support slot at Paramore’s show at the CIA in December 2009, and the fans are out in force to welcome them back.

Southampton’s Not Advised kicked off the party with their heady brand of pop punk. It is apparent from the outset that this 5 piece delivers the goods required of an opening band, shout along hooks, infectious choruses and the kind of riffs that you’ll involuntarily hum along to the morning after a gig. This is a band that has oodles of energy and enthusiam, and it is obvious that the crowd loved every second.

You Me At Six - Photograph By Michael Lewis

After a brief moment of tranquility it’s Canterbury’s turn to let rip. With their album, Thank You, available to download for free the band have managed to attain an impressive fan base, and it’s obvious that a substancial number of the crowd are part of it. The short but sweet setlist which includes their latest single, Gloria, goes down extremely well with all present. It remains a mystery as to why these boys from Hampshire are still unsigned.

You Me At Six - Photograph By Michael Lewis

As the headliners hit the stage the crowd give them a rapturous reception, much to the delight of lead singer Josh Franceschi. The quintent from Surrey burst into the opening bars of Save It For The Bedroom whipping the crowd into a frenzy, so much so that mid-way through the show I notice that there has been an alarming regularity of bodies being hoisted over the barrier, surely this gig must hold a local record for crowd surfers?

You Me At Six - Photograph By Michael Lewis

The comprehensive setlist which includes favourites such as Finders Keeps, You’ve Made Your Bed (So Sleep In It), The Rumour, Liquid Confidence and Underdog, is a showcase of the band’s already impressive back catalogue. There is no doubt that the overwhelmed punters will be counting down the days until You Me At Six return later in the year, complete with new material from their new album.

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens

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