With the rain at bay and a few fans still wondering into the makeshift arena of stands, frontman, Kelly Jones marched out onto the stage stating, “If anyone’s still in the pub, you better hurry up!” before the rest of the band claimed their positions on stage and the first track of the evening “C’est la Vie” began playing followed by “I Wanna Get Lost With You”. By now, any fans that were still climbing up the old streets to the Castle had filled up the venue and the Welsh act revisited their younger days playing, “Local Boy In The Photograph” and “A Thousand Trees” from their debut “Word Gets Around”.

The next few tracks to be aired included, “Have a Nice Day”, “I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio” and “Maybe Tomorrow” with Jones stopping to tell the crowd the band played in Edinburgh on New Year’s Eve 1996, and that the city was the place where they first signed a record deal 20 years ago. Going out to celebrate the deal, Jones recalled he and his bandmates drank all that they could, before trashing their hotel room and being forced to apologise to the manager the following morning feeling like they were “a bunch of naughty schoolboys being pulled up”.

The first of two sold out shows at The Castle featured, “Pick a Part That’s New”, “Mr. And Mrs. Smith” and “Violins and Tambourines” and for the evening the Welsh singer ditched his classic look of a leather jacket for a light denim one printed with exotic palm trees. While “Superman” was being played, the stereotypical British weather of torrential rain returned for the remainder of the show but, instead of dampening spirits, the plastic poncho-covered crowd continued to sing the night away. “Vegas Two Times”, “Indian Summer” and “Graffiti on the Train” were some of the biggest successes of the night, with the band not forgetting to play their hit cover of “Handbags And Gladrags” written by Mike d’Abo. “Been Caught Cheating” was also played along with the more upbeat tracks of “Sunny” and “The Bartender and the Thief” before the band departed the stage leaving the view of The Castle with burning fires standing behind the backdrop of lights.

A chant for “one more tune” then began, with the some of the fans from the stands leaving the show before the band could re-emerge for their encore. The Welsh four-piece didn’t leave fans in the rain for long, coming back out and playing “Traffic” before Jones again took his place behind the piano that has been carried to the stage front again and played, “White Lies”. The end of the show had now inevitably come, despite no one wanting the evening to be over. However, this did mean that the classic hit, “Dakota” closed the showed, ending the evening on a high note with the headliners announcing that they would be back next year with a new record.

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