To say that Astroid Boys are known for an explosive live show would be a bit of an understatement. In recent years, the Cardiff outfit have continuously championed across the UK circuit and have now reached further afield with supporting the likes of Enter Shikari and Hollywood Undead.
For their biggest hometown show to date, Astroid Boys took to Y Plas with a bill that represented the best of Cardiff’s urban music scene. The build-up to the main show illuminated the traditional support slot, with back-to-back’s that spotlighted the abundance of rappers on offer in the city.
Hosted by Traxx, the roster had a real DIY feel featuring artists that represent their roots. Beginning with Reuel Elijah, Faith and Mace, the evening progressively moved to AB staples Sonny Double, Manga Saint Hilare and Daniel OG.
Waiting for AB to take the stage, the sense of community in Y Plas was astounding. Leading with Cheque, the crowd swiftly transformed as they mirrored Astroid Boys animalistic energy from the start.
Undoubtable highlights were ‘Foreigners’ and ‘Razz’ from debut album ‘Broke’ where Sonny and Magna joined the group. As an outfit, they’re engaging, fearless and ferocious. Aside from the blatant genre-bending variety, the set ranged from 3-piece tracks of Benji, Traxx and DJ Comfort balanced with the full force of AB with guitar, drums and Dellux in tow.
In true Astroid Boy’s style, the night saw Benji and Traxx spitting from the pit with an unfathomable nu metal power. Their infectious and warming personalities flared through as they retrieved lost phones and shoes as they returned them to panicked crowd members. It’s clear they have progressed to phenomenal showmen whilst retaining their unbelievable grit when representing CF10.
Astroid Boys self-made attitude is what keeps them organic in grime circles, so Traxx’s heartfelt plea against the industry and disgust with their record label experience rectified any doubt some may have had about the progression of AB.
“We put ourselves on the line, learnt our lessons”
“Don’t believe the illusion, record labels mean nothing”
“If you really want something in life, only you can get it”
Ringing out with ‘Sound of da Police’, the night ended with an unbelievable sense of belonging. Astroid Boys are a dynamic force that stays true to their morals and represent a scene in Cardiff that is largely undiscovered. The performance is a true testament to their drive and boasts limitless potential that they so rightly deserve.
Words: Ffion Abigail