Unfortunately, we missed openers Stand Atlantic due to a Christmas celebration held in aid of the Womanby Street campaign and Cardiff being named a designated music city but the general consensus of the crowd we spoke to was that they were really good.
WSTR take to the stage to chants of their name from the crowd and it doesn’t take long for circle pits to be demanded (and duly this command was complied with). They are energetic and put on a very good show, getting the crowd well and truly warmed up for ROAM.
ROAM waste absolutely no time in getting the crowd hyped up, launching straight into Alive. As usual frontman Alex Costello is a bundle of energy bouncing round the stage, despite it being the last day of tour and being absolutely knackered. There’s crowd surfers and stage divers, with Costello giving a helping hand to ensure they stay safe. Hits including Guilty Melody, Cabin Fever and Deadweight get great receptions and the vocal harmonies between Costello and guitarist/vocalist Alex Adam work well. The Rich Life Of A Poor Man has everyone singing along. As it’s the end of tour, Stand Atlantic and WSTR provide the obligatory tour prank, invading the stage with dozens of balloons, including a giant pink one that’s bounced around like a beach ball, leading to the stage being filled with bands, fans and balloons, with Stand Atlantic taking over on guitar and vocals for the end of the song.