The Swansea Arena has only just opened but is already in need of refurbishment. Royal Blood really blew the brand new venue off the roof on Saturday March 19th when it became the first official music act to ever play there.
Rocking duo Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher arrived at SA1 slightly later than planned and have had to postpone their original date – which would make them the first official act on the arena’s new stage – from March 8 due to the coronavirus and international measures still in place . But it was well worth waiting a few extra weeks for audiences, as the chart-toppers gave a performance that really put the arena’s sound system to the test.
Pints of beer flew through the air as the sardine-packed crowd was asked “How are you Swansea, how ya doing?” by Kerr, who then got them running with Typhoons.
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Kerr told the crowd, “I know this place is brand new, but we’ve got to carry it a little, get it a little dirty.”
Kerr added, “We really appreciate you coming to visit us. Even this morning we weren’t 100% sure we were going to be out here.”
Fletcher told the crowd: “I’m glad you have a place to play real rock music live. It’s about being happy and being safe. I’m about to finish my drum solo”…as he returned to the drums and took a sip from an alcohol bottle.
Kerr’s assessment turned out to be spot on. Warmed up by support band The Amazons, who got the party started with hits like Stay With Me and Black Magic, The Royal Blood treated fans to what they wanted by performing their well-known hits like I Only Lie When I Love You played. Come over, little monster, ten-ton skeleton, problems are coming and lights out. A moshpit even broke out for Hook Line & Sinker.
But we also got to see some of their new material like Honeybrains, which seemed to go down well with the crowd as they clapped along in unison. The biggest ovation – and the biggest moshpit – came with Figure It Out.
Royal Blood are heading to Paris in two days and if tonight is any indication, the French capital has one hell of a gig ahead of it. Click here to receive WalesOnline’s latest What’s On newsletter