Swansea Grand Theatre is a spectacle of beauty in the heart of the city centre. Tucked away on the top floor, Tuesday evening was one of the many instalments of Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend Fringe events hosted by Huw Stephens.
Starting the night with CHROMA, the trio from South Wales are rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Despite the venue just starting to fill, their set proved that the band aren’t phased with an unbelievable rhythm section and Katie Hall’s lead vocals propelling with irrefutable grit. With tracks like Vampires in their catalogue, there is no doubt that their journey boasts limitless potential.
Next up was a half hour set from the hardcore outfit, Casey. Having recently returned from a headline European tour, seeing a performance as gripping and impassioned as this speaks volumes as to why they are one of the leading bands in the scene.
This was my first time seeing Black Peaks, where I have had nothing but adoration for them since their debut release Statues. The record has been heralded as nothing short of a masterpiece, where their progressive, alternative sound laced with math rock is dynamic and versatile. Beginning with their most recent release Can’t Sleep, from the outset the Brighton quartet proved that their material is only getting stronger.
Seeing BP in a crowd that perhaps wasn’t as raucous as a dedicated fan base highlighted their ability to captivate with their thrilling riffs and Will Gardner’s vocal aptitude to match. The compact setlist saw crowd favourites Crooks and Glass Built Castles dominate the room. Triumphant with every scream, Black Peaks shut down the Grand Theatre with a show that left the crowd needing more.
You can listen to the highlights here.
Words + photos : Ffion Abigail