Exactly five years and one day since they last appeared at Belsonic, Stereophonics returned to Belfast for their second headline slot at the festival, just three weeks ahead of the release of their ninth album, Keep The Village Alive.
They didn’t mess about, jumping straight into Local Boy In The Photograph and Superman, just two of their massive hits since they released their first single, eighteen years ago.
It was a mixture of old and new hits, with recent singles Graffiti On The Train, Indian Summer and C’est La Vie all being received well by the crowd.
It is worth noting, that C’est La Vie, the lead single from their current album is not a B*Witched cover.
While they were performing it, another B*Witched song would have been appropriate, Blame It On The Weatherman, as it started to rain. Thankfully, it was only a short period of rain.
All of their big hits were performed, including Handbags and Gladrags, where Kelly Jones told of an encounter with the song’s writer, Mike d’Abo, who told him that he was getting his patio done, but with the influx from Stereophonics version, he was now getting a conservatory.
Earlier that day, Stereophonics announced a tour for December, though there was no Belfast gig announced. Not that surprising perhaps. It’s not greedy to want Stereophonics twice in one year, they did two Belfast gigs in 2013.
Though, Kelly Jones did raise hopes of a gig later this year by telling the crowd they’d be back soon.
If there is a Belfast gig in the pipeline, i’m guessing it might be embargoed due to contractual reasons.
There was no encore, though they did perform for nearly and hour and a half. You can’t be too greedy.
Actually you can, here’s hoping they do announce another Belfast date for later this year.