Review: Four Year Strong at The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea

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‘Isn’t pop-punk the greatest?’ I asked my friend as Four Year Strong peeled off their first track of the night. On any other day, the answer is debatable. But not tonight.

Touring off the back of their new EP Go Down In History, Massachusetts metallers Four Year Strong headlined a juggernaut of a tour which also featured Light You Up, Forever Came Calling and Hit The Lights. For four hours, pop-punk was the name and pop-punk was the game at the Wedgewood Rooms.

There were no big surprises on the 10th and final night of the Pure Noise Records tour but it was still an atmosphere to savour as forever sub-headliners Four Year Strong finally snatched the chance to close a big bill. And close it they did.

Favouring their second and third albums, as well as their brand new EP, Four Year Strong let rip for an hour and change.

While fairly short by normal headliner standards, pop-punk by its nature is intense and energetic – any longer and we may have seen a few flagging faces.

Instead, we saw sweat and smiles to finish FYS’s UK tour.