@ The Sage Gateshead, January 30 2010

Reading through the list of acts playing the North East’s newest festival, the word despair would spring to mind for most rock fans.

But lurking somewhere between N-Dubz, Sugababes and Pixie Lott, Welsh rockers Lostprophets single-handedly salvaged some decent rock music at the Outside/In event.

With such a variety of pop music on offer it was quite baffling to think Lostprophets would agree to play. With their new album seeming to step away from the kind of audience present at The Sage, maybe Ian Watkins and co are on a mission to deliver their rediscovered metal sound to all.

They certainly got the crowd on its feet in the majestic looking Hall One, achieving a feat none of the other bands seem to be able to pull off. The event had set a four song set limit leaving fans pondering which tracks from their impressive back library the Pontypridd-ians would air.

A rousing rendition of newest single Where We Belong kicked off an incredibly intimate and interactive set. It’s worth noting the band took to the stage more than 10 minutes late, coincidentally just as fellow headliners N-Dubz finished up on the main-stage…

Ian Watkins was in good form talking to the crowd for prolonged amounts of time, stealing phones and thanking female fans for a couple of Tom Jones moments.

Kicking on with a track from the new album The Betrayed, For He’s a Jolly Good Felon seemed to go down well with the crowd before top 10 track and crowd pleaser Rooftops received a rapturous reception.

It’s Not The End of The World… finished off what could only be described as a warm up gig for their O2 academy appearance in a couple of weeks. Guitarist Lee Gaze deserves a special mention for some brilliant shredding, just as Watkins threatened to steal the show.

Many fans seemed to be highly disappointed with a mere 15 minutes, with numerous chants and screams for Last Train Home. But with one eye on February 23rd it’s not a surprise the lads kept the real crowd pleasers under wraps in favour of their new material.

On this display it should be well worth the wait!

Andy Spoors