The Blackout play surprise set at Dopamine album show

Last night gig goers in Cardiff got more than they bargained for when The Blackout played a surprise guest slot at the second of two special intimate Dopamine album shows.

Caerphilly based rock band Dopamine decided to play Cardiff Barfly to celebrate their albums Auditioning My Escape and Experiments With Truth, playing both albums in their entirety two nights in a row. The band, who hadn’t played live for over 18 months, organised the shows as a one off due to popular demand, and had planned to have special guests at both shows, including Kids In Glass Houses on Wednesday, but they unfortunately had to pull out due to guitarist Iain getting his hand tattooed.

Both shows were a roaring success, with last night’s show being a sell out. The 220 capacity venue in Cardiff city centre was packed with fans, family and friends, and members of other Welsh bands including Kids In Glass Houses and Attack! Attack!

Vocalist and guitarist Neil Starr said ‘This is the first show we’ve played in 18 months…we had to learn 26 songs all over again. Some of these we’ve never even played live.’ When asked if this was the last show Dopamine would play we were assured it wasn’t and they had just been in ‘hibernation’ for a while. ‘Don’t expect it to happen overnight but we’ll be playing some shows at some point definitely’. Good news for Dopamine fans.

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