Review: Stereophonics, Portsmouth Guildhall

Stereophonics. Picture: PA Photo/Handout.
Stereophonics. Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

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When it was announced that the Stereophonics would be playing at the Portsmouth Guildhall, the tickets sold out in minutes.

They’re a band more used to playing in arenas, aoa performance in the city seemed a rare treat. And it definitely was. The Welsh rockers casually walked on to stage to screams and applause that surely must have been heard across the city centre.

Indian Summer, from their new album Graffiti On The Train, was the first song, but they played a range from their back catalogue, including the ever popular The Bartender And The Thief, Maybe Tomorrow and Dakota.

Frontman Kelly Jones was instantly recognizable with his gravelly voice, and the band’s songs from the new album were a showcase of what the ‘phonics are capable of.

On Friday night the Guildhall was filled to the rafters with those who hung on to their every word.

They’re doing an arena tour in November. If you’re a fan grab a ticket. Now.