Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff 6 February 2014
Kicking off his first ever arena date in Wales, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls showed why their folk rock sound has become a firm festival favourite. Speaking as someone who’s not really that afait with his music, I soon realised that I knew more than I thought as he went through a back catalogue of five solo albums and included a new track Sweet Albion Blues.
It’s hard not to like him as a performer. There’s no pretension, just good old fashioned “here’s a song about” and a back story it. Although the Motorpoint Arena isn’t the biggest venue on the tour, a good crowd enjoyed the likes of Wessex Boy, Recovery and Losing Days. Another bonus was the sound. Normally, it’s a bit, well, rubbish. But last night it seemed to suit the mix.
Other mentions to the support, Beans on Toast and Flogging Molly. For a more suitable warm up you couldn’t ask for more. You can see why “Beans” has played Glastonbury every year since 2007.
For a cold, wet and windy February night in the Welsh capital, Frank Turner brought us a little piece of the Summer festival. All that was missing was the dirty smelly toilets and people having sex in various places (although this is Cardiff, and that happens anyway).
He said he was playing arenas for more people to come & see him. I think he’d do just as well in a more intimate venue – and play more dates there. But Mr Turner, for now, you’ve got me hooked. I’ve got myself a date with my iTunes account and a few albums to download now to catch up with your past properly.
Plain Sailing Weather
Peggy Sang the Blues
Try This at Home
Reasons Not to Be an Idiot
The Way I Tend to Be
Sweet Albion Blues
To Take You Home
If Ever I Stray
I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
One Foot Before the Other
Long Live the Queen
The Ballad of Me and My Friends
I Still Believe
Four Simple Words
Review by Patrick Downes