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Midnite City – Hangar 18 Swansea Gig Review


Midnite City
They Only Come Out At Night Tour
Hangar 18 Swansea
12th February 2022

Saturday nights in Swansea don’t get much better than this as we were entertained, no. make that educated in how to impress a crowd by the UK’s Kings Of Hair Metal Midnite City, on their 2022 ‘They Only Come Out At Night Tour’, their second tour in support of the band’s critically acclaimed third album ‘Itch You Can’t Scratch’ which was released via Roulette Media last summer.

From the opening sounds of the introduction music, you could sense that something special was coming. Stand-in drummer Ryan was already on stage as the dry ice filled the stage and bassist Josh (Tabbie) and guitarist Miles entered the stage. The applause was loud and the anticipation even higher as keyboardist Shawn with keytar strapped to his waist and vocal maestro Rob pounced onto the stage to the opening riff of the set opener “We Belong”. Jumping around the stage, taking full control from the off, the band filled the room with excitement as the energy spilled into the audience. “We Belong” was followed by new track, the energetic “Crawlin’ In The Dirt” taking the crowd to an even higher level of jubilation.

 

One of my personal favourites, “Atomic” soon followed with vocalist Rob Wylde giving the crowd exactly what they wanted as he moved from side to side on the stage, making eye contact with as many fans as possible. The melodic “Ghosts Of My Old Friends” was next before new track “I Don’t Need Another Heartache” with its sing-along chorus and beautiful solo from Miles Meakin.

 

“One Step Away” and “You Don’t Understand Me” maintained the intensity of this already excellent night as we were then treated to a guitar/keytar duet, or should that be duel? Miles Meakin and Shawn Charvette took centre stage and totally owned it as they battled for supremacy. I couldn’t tell you who won, let’s call this one a draw.

 

Goosebump moment as the children’s eerie singing came over the sound system for the start of the hauntingly awesome “They Only Come Out At Night”. The band played it to perfection and the crowd did their part by gloriously joining in. This singing continued as the opening notes of “Life Ain’t Like This On The Radio” filled the room. The songs more commercial vibe soon got the arms swaying in the crowd.

First album classic “Can’t Wait For The Night” has Rob standing with his arms wide apart as the audience clap and cheer along. The band all have massive smiles on their faces and it is such a joy to see a band that not only want to play, but a band that really want to ensure that crowd is having a good time too.

The rhythm section of Josh ‘Tabbie’ Williams on bass and Ryan Briggs on drums has been spot on all night and I should mention that this was only drummer Ryan’s second gig with the band having seamlessly stepped in for Pete Newdeck who was on VEGA duties for this tour.

Back to the action and “Rock And A Hard Place” and “Girls Of Tokyo” keep up the momentum as the band excel in a frenzy of Hair Metal heaven.

The atmosphere throughout the night has been electric and the band complete their set with “Summer Of Our Lives” from their self-titled debut album and “Give Me Love” from their second album “There Goes The Neighbourhood”. Two awesome numbers to leave the crowd wanting more of the same.

 

The whole night has been a celebration of a band on top of their game. The setlist spanned their whole career, spoiling us with some truly outstanding music. The crowd were totally up for it and responded well to the majestic music. The venue, Hangar 18, also played its part, with its usual excellent sound and lighting, allowing the band to concentrate on giving the fans the best night they could. Support band Takeaway Thieves also deserve a mention as they were also outstanding and were a pleasure to watch. If you are going to this tour, get there early and check them out.

 

If you are looking for a great night out where you can sing your heart out and rock to some amazing music, then I urge you to seek out Midnite City on this tour. You will not be disappointed.

Review and photography Pete Devine Pete’s Rock New and Views .com Feb 2022

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