VEGA / MIDNITE CITY / DEVILFIRE - Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff 05.07.18

CHARLEY FARLEY
(PHOTO CREDITS: MORAG FARLEY PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

It was set to be another hot and sweaty night in Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff. It is a small venue, and with the standard of music tonight, it was expected to be busy. Devilfire, the first of the three bands started their set a little later than planned, and only three band members had been able to make it due to a mix up by an airline. Rather than cancel the gig, they adapted to an acoustic set this was Alex, Jay and Kieran. Despite being obviously out of their comfort zone, they play a short, but excellent set to the welcoming audience.

 

It seemed obvious that Alex was used to being energetic on stage, and seemed constrained by his seat, but it did not prevent his vocal delivery being stunning. It was the first time I’ve seen them, and given their performance tonight, I would love to catch them doing their usual electric set - hopefully, I won’t have to wait too long! It wasn’t what we expected from Devilfire, but they did a fantastic job to adapt, and play acoustic for the first time.

 

Set List:

A Thousand Times

You Gotta Revolution

In and Out of Love

God Gimme Vengeance

Waiting for a Rockstar

 

Devilfire are:
Alex Cooper

Jamie Downs

Kieran Topp

 

Website: https://www.devilfire.co.uk/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/devilfireofficial

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/devilfirerock

 

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Slightly later than planned, the ‘80s style hair metal rock band Midnite City squeezed their way onto the tiny stage. They are a 5-piece band, full of energy and action who struggled with space on the cramped stage.

 

With a completely different pace from the opening act, they warmed up the already hot venue. With many more people arriving, the crowd were showing their appreciation in the usual way by clapping and singing along. As it has only only a few weeks since the band played in South Wales, many of the people at the venue had seen the band before and were delighted to see them again.

 

In typical AOR style we had a stunning set of catchy choruses in songs full of great guitar solos underpinned by a solid rhythm section.Taking a breath between tracks, Rob (Vocals) thanks Vega for bringing them along on the tour and praises Devilfire for opening up the evening.

 

In an effort to keep the performers cool, there is a small fan blowing Rob’s hair which, combined with the style and genre of the music, reminds me of an ‘80s MTV video shoot. The engaging style and the on-stage interactions quickly and easily draw the audience in and are clearly enjoying the entertainment.

 

No AOR set is complete without a power ballad, and tonight is no exception. As the fans wave their mobile lights in the air for ‘Everything You Meant To Me’ there is no escaping the 1980s hair metal heyday influences with echoes of Europe and Bon Jovi.

 

During the set, there are one or two technical difficulties which the band overcome, and a few sound issues detracted from the performance, however, everyone in the audience enjoyed the set. They are a great band, one that, if you haven’t done so already, I urge you to check them out live. They are a great band and will always get the party started. I managed to have a quick chat with them later - once they had cooled off a bit! - and they agreed that the stage size and technical issues hadn’t helped, but they hoped to come back to a bigger venue in the future. I will certainly be looking out for that gig!

 

Set List:

We Belong

Last Beat of my Heart

Ghose of my Old Friends

I Just Can’t Take It

Nothing’s Like Losing You

One Step Away

Think About You

Everything You Meant To Me

Can’t Wait For The Nights

 

Midnite City are:

Rob Wylde - Lead Vocals

Pete Newdeck - Drums & Backing Vocals

Miles Meakin - Lead Guitar

Shawn Charvette - Keyboards & Backing Vocals

Josh 'Tabbie' Williams - Bass & Backing Vocals

 

Check them out at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/midnitecityuk

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/midnitecityuk

 

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Finally, the familiar Vega entrance music started and the band appeared on stage. By now, Fuel was three quarters full, with most people as near to the front as they could get. The temperature had risen and with six people on the stage it would be a challenge for them to give their usual high-energy performance.

 

Nick Workman took his spot centre stage looking as relaxed as ever and treated us to his usual beaming smile as he began to sing the opening track of the recently released album ‘Let’s Have Fun Tonight’ (Only Human), there was a feeling that this band were going to do what they could to do just that.

 

Tom Martin (Bass) is in the corner and with Marcus Thurston standing just to his right, the two share a mic to help with the space issues. Nick takes opportunities during Marcus’s stunning and regular solos to move lightly off centre stage to reduce the obvious effects of the heat, giving him the room he needs to express the music.

 

As they settle into the set, ‘Explode’ is the next track and the crowd willingly help with the vocal duties. Marcus is a brilliant guitarist who delivers his lightning fast solos, captivating the audience.

Nick comments on how hot it is in the room and says ‘What the Hell’ - which by coincidence is the next song. Vega, and Nick Workman in particular, are great at getting crowd involvement in their performance. They seem to have a natural ability to be able to get the best out of any audience. Tonight, Nick suggests that we make it feel like Friday coaching sections of the crowd to shout louder, egging us on to join in and enjoy the evening. ‘Every Little Monster’ is one of Vega’s most popular songs and has the room bouncing along with Nick and chanting the chorus.

 

Most of Vega’s music is fast paced, catchy and energetic. Introducing ‘Come Back Again’ Nick describes it as the slowest song that they will be playing tonight. It’s one of a few tracks they will play from the new album - Only Human - and this slight change of pace allows both the band and crowd to recover in the heat.

 

With the slight rest over, they pick the pace up again with a fan favourite ‘Stereo Messiah’ which has the crowd once again in fine voice with Workman directing the crowd to sing the chorus.

The set continues with ‘Mess You Made’ which was originally written for the Stereo Messiah album and was resurrected for including in the current album.

 

As the fast pace set continues, and the band (and crowd) melts, they perform ‘Wonderland’.  This hasn’t been in their live set list since their first gig in 2010, so is only the fourth time they’ve played this in eight years. It is a brilliant track off the first album ‘Kiss of Life’.

 

The current tour is based on the new album and the band play the first single ‘Worth Dying For’. As the now exuberant audience join in, it is clear that this track is an incredibly popular fan favourite.

 

Despite the heat Workman shows no sign of slowing down bouncing around in whatever space he can find as they continue with a selection of tracks old and new. Each one delivered with the bands familiar energetic style. Vega are not a band who perform to an audience. They demand, encourage and inspire engagement so that the show becomes an event they lead and we all participate in.

As the curfew draws near, it’s time for the band intros and each one gets a huge cheer. Hutch, the Scottish newcomer on the drums has the loudest. He has fitted in brilliantly, bringing his own stamp without detracting from the ‘Vega Style’.

 

Vega are a band who write catchy songs that the crowd take the time to learn and sing back at them with gusto. They are an excellent set of musicians led by a frontman with a strong, powerful voice. They deserve to be playing in venues much bigger than Fuel which seems to have cramped their style tonight.

 

The set is drawing to a close with ‘Saving Grace’ as Workman once again asks the crowd for a massive singing effort and the crowd oblige willingly, with one fan being given the chance to video the band from the stage. ‘Last Man Standing’  is the final track of the night. The thunderous applause is testament to how much this band was enjoyed by everyone. Their performance was brilliantly polished, yet relaxed. They are a band who enjoy what they do and are destined for bigger and better venues than the tiniest Rock Club in Cardiff.

 

Set List:

Let’s Have Fun Tonight

Explode

What The Hell

Gonna Need Some Love Tonight

Every Little Monster

Come Back Again

Stereo messiah

Mess You Made

Wonderland

Worth Dying For

Saviour

White Flag

Kiss of Life

Fade Away

Saving Grace

Last Man Standing

 

Vega are:

Nick Workman - Vocals

Tom Martin - Bass

James Martin - Keys

Marcus Thurston - Guitar

Michael Kew - Guitar

Martin Hutchinson - Drums

 

Website: http://www.vegaofficial.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OFFICIALVEGA

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VegaOfficial

 

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