Published on April 1st, 2014 | by voxx0
Kids In Glass Houses at The Beachcomber
Ahead of their UK Farewell tour this October and following the postponement of the local show last year, Welsh rock band Kids in Glass Houses paid a much anticipated visit to The Beachcomber in Cleethorpes on the March 28.
Aled, Iain, Shay, Joel and Philip produced three early EPs before finding major success over a career of four hit albums; Smart Casual (2008), Dirt (2010), In Gold Blood (2011) and Peace (2013).
With the Farewell tour rapidly selling out, you can only imagine the excitement as many fans queued outside the Beachcomber for possibly their last chance to share a concert with the much loved band – and they emerged far from disappointed.
Alternative four piece Lincolnshire band Ameira kick started the night with a bang, showcasing original songs from their EP Where I’m From as well as a rock cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, which had the whole room singing along and is definitely worth looking up if you’re fans of Bring me the Horizon and Biffy Clyro!
Fallow Fields, a female-fronted pop/punk band from Hertfordshire were up next, and they smashed their set and had the room hooked to every crisp chord and melodic lyric from their EP Beast of Mind. They had everyone belting out the lyrics to their cover of Sum 41’s ‘Fat Lip’ - an instant crowd pleaser!
Theory 59, a local alternative rock band from the Grimsby area, stole the final slot of support as they dived onto stage and filled the room with a mass of edgy riffs, pitch-perfect vocals and dynamic drum strokes. Two years of perfecting their sound for EP Sleepless definitely paid off, as the room absent-mindedly bopped their head to the beat, entranced by their amazing sound. A few minor glitches with the guitars gave their drummer the chance to show off his skills in a punchy drum solo!
The room was humming with anticipation, the air thick with admiration and excitement. Hearts raced, eyes darted around the stage; watching, waiting. And finally the wait was over.
Kids in Glass Houses stormed onto stage and tore through the screams of the fans with the opening riff to ‘Sunshine’. The crowd of fanatics hurtled forwards towards the barriers, arms outstretched, singing, head banging to the beat, as Aled belted out the lyrics. Instantly, the whole crowd was infatuated with his movement around the stage; lost in the music, and in the moment. Old School fans of the band weren’t left disappointed as they included classic hits ‘Give Me What I Want’, ‘Easy Tiger’ and ‘Saturday’ from their first studio album; all of which got the small bunch of 150 jumping, pushing and clambering their way to the front of the audience as they danced and yelled along to the lyrics. However, it was ‘Youngblood’ that truly sent the crowd into a manic frenzy as Aled leapt the barrier and threw himself right into the middle of the crowd to sing with and mosh alongside them. People threw themselves towards him (mainly girls funnily enough) desperately trying to hold onto him.
With Aled safely back with his band on stage, they went on to sing new hits ‘Peace’, ‘Drive’ and ‘Set Me Free’, the punchy and catchy rhythms hypnotised the fans into a crazy onslaught of chaotic dance, fist pumping and out-of-tune singing. As if vaulting the barrier and plunging into the throngs of fans wasn’t enough, Aled then hoisted himself up onto the speaker and sat at the top to get a good view of the entirety of the room, before closing the show with arguably one of their biggest hits ‘Matters At All’.
The show as a whole boasted some of the best live local support bands to date, and Kids in Glass Houses smashed their set at their “first and last ever show” in Cleethorpes. The small, intimate venue meant that everyone felt up close and personal with the band, and many lucky fans got to meet members from all the bands either at the venue, or at Grimsby pub The Barge following the gig. Safe to say, the concert breathed some life into Cleethorpes and sent everyone home with aching limbs, sore throats, a smile plastered across their face and a night they will never forget, with many claiming it to be “one of the best” concerts they’ve been to with “some of the best support!” “Kids in Glass Houses were amazing!”
- Beth Stevens