Pop-punk veterans, Paramore, hit Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday, 21st of September. This has been the bands’ first full UK tour since their hiatus, and if the excited queue encircling the venue was anything to go by, this show had been a long time coming.
Opening with Grow Up and offering a taste of their new sound, it was evident from the off that Paramore were aiming for tonight to be a departure from their troubled past. With their new logo suspended from the ceiling, the trio stood united; marking Part 2 of the life of the band.
The majority of the set consisted of material from their new album; including the three acoustic interludes, Holiday, I’m Not Angry Anymore and Moving On. Highlights of the set however were tracks like Pressure, That’s What You Get and Brick By Boring Brick that had the crowd chanting lyrics in unison.
Seasoned performer Hayley Williams showed the 10,000 occupants of the Arena just how the role of rock star should be done. Whether goading the crowd, head-banging as she half-climbed onto her riser or delivering an emotional speech, the front-woman had both sweaty lads and emo teens captivated beneath her spell. During their iconographic track Misery Business, one fan was invited onstage to duet with Williams; this being a further example of how interaction with their followers is the foundation upon which Paramore were built.
Every track in their twenty-one song set was met with raucous applause and loud declarations of love. With an incomparable live delivery that straddles the line between sweaty rock and laser-lit funk; we have no doubt that Paramore will continue to bring their old edge into The Future with them as they leave their ‘emo’ days behind them. This is a band who have well and truly graduated.
Written by India Thomas