Saturday 20 September, 2014
@ Phoenix Youth Centre, Footscray
Review by Chris Alexiou from Phoenix Productions (Maribyrnong FReeZA)
Photography by Liam Davidson
This past weekend the biggest show to ever play Phoenix Youth Centre finally came, and it did not disappoint. The line-up, consisting of Australian metalcore legends I Killed The Prom Queen and international veterans The Ghost Inside as headliners, with support coming from In Heart’s Wake, Bury Tomorrow and Hellions, is one of the strongest to hit Australia all year.
The show was sold out a week before the date, and Phoenix was set up in a way that we’ve never seen before to accommodate the sheer size of the tour. Overall it was an amazing show.
None of the support bands disappointed, with the best crowd participation we’ve ever seen at Phoenix before. Hellions got the crowd moving as the opener, Bury Tomorrow put on a great set and In Hearts Wake could have been mistaken as the headliner with the sheer amount of support for them and their very own light show.
By this point, you’d imagine the crowd would be pretty worn out. It’s not often you see a crowd moving from first band to last but this show was not just any other show. From the moment The Ghost Inside walked onto the stage the crowd reached new heights. Playing a set which included old fan favourites such as Faith or Forgivenes, to a brand new unreleased song Out of Control, the crowd and band’s energy never faltered. With the whole room singing from first song to last, you almost forget the size of the auditorium and crowd at Phoenix Youth Centre.
Surely after this I imagined that we would see little movement in the crowd for the headliner, I Killed The Prom Queen, but again I was proven wrong. While a handful of people had left by this point, Prom Queen still put on a very tight set with a good mix of old and new songs. With a crowd full of younger kids, possibly seeing them for the first time, and gig veterans, who probably felt a hint of nostalgia – the entire crowd seemed to be having a great time, getting involved in helping frontman, Jamie Hope, sing the words and getting moving.
Overall, coming into the show we had high expectations, but somehow it exceeded them and earned its place among one of the most memorable shows we’ve ever had the pleasure of running as a part of Phoenix All Ages and Freeza.