TRULY phenomenal.That’s the best way to describe indie band Foals’ stellar performance to a devout Bournemouth audience last night.

The thousands of gathered fans could barely stay still for a second as the six piece stampeded through a powerful set.

From the outset, frontman Yannis Philippakis and co were on a mission to rock the BIC to the rafters.

Strobe lights illuminated the stage as a robot voice declared: ‘Everything not saved will be lost’, the name of the band’s latest album.

And with that, the crowd turned into a sea of clapping hands and circle pits as Mountain At My Gates got things underway.

The thumping tunes rolled into each other, with notable highlights being My Number and Exits.

Philippakis promised the BIC an ‘awesome’ night and did not disappoint, working fans up into a frenzy.

Indeed, he proved a bit of a rock hero, storming through the hits with countless guitar changes in a 90 minute plus set.

When he left the stage, the fans held him aloft - still playing his guitar - or parted the way for him in adoration.

"It’s been a while, Bournemouth," he said, recalling previous memorable nights at venues including 60 Million Postcards.

"Ever since then, we’ve wanted to come back. You’re awesome."

Just as the mood reached fever pitch, he got the thousands of standing fans to crouch on the ground, until he summoned them up again.

Not many singers have that stage presence, but after more than a decade in the business, Foals have earned their stripes.

This UK tour, sandwiched between their double album release this year, shows they are still very much in their prime.