The distraction of Mr Watt-Ruffell's court appearance in Sittingbourne and 'non-resignation' after being found guilty has meant that 'Strife's' music reporter's item has been delayed. I am delighted to post it now.
Tuesday night saw the roof lifted off the Winter Gardens as the Lostprophets hit Margate on their latest tour.
Having headlined the main stage at Download in 2008 and the NME stage at Reading in 2009, the Pontypridd alternative rockers are now on a tour of smaller venues to promote their new album, The Betrayed.
They were supported tonight by British punk band Hexes, and fellow Welsh rockers, Kids in Glass Houses. Both support bands got a good reception for their 30 minute sets and proved good warm ups for the main act to follow.
The Lostprophets came on stage at 9.30 pm and played most of their new album to a frenzied and animated crowd, but as with all Lostprophets concerts, they really come alive when they tear into their stadium anthems. New roof raisers ‘It’s not the End of the World’ and ‘Where We Belong’ fitted into the set alongside the classic singalongs of ‘Burn Burn’, ‘Rooftops’ and ‘Town Called Hypocrisy’.
Ian Watkins bantered with the crowd, and the band gave the impression of a group at home with their new material, and happy with the tour and the tremendous reception they received.
Finally, all credit to the Staff and Security at the Winter Gardens. Everyone was moved in out of the cold as quickly as possible, and in the hall, the security teams were quietly efficient. Well done to all concerned for a great booking, and a great evening.
Rock on \m/