Review Emma Torkington and Photo Copyright © Chris Ryan
American band Issues kicked off the night and came out with so much energy making sure to really grab your attention! Being known for their combination of metalcore, nu metal, pop and contemporary R&B the band jumped straight in with Life of a Nine. Watching these guys you will always be entertained, with beautiful vocals, heavy bass lines dnd even heavier deep growls. As the set went on they gained more and more momentum and ended the set with fan favourite Mad at Myself. Definitely a band to listen too.
Neck Deep were the second act for the night and did not disappoint in getting the crowd going by kicking off the set with Motion Sickness. If you have not heard of Neck Deep I would strongly recommend that you listen to these guys no matter your genre preference, and tonight they really got the crowd jumping. When I thought I had seen it all they pull off a cover of Torn by Natalie Imbruglia before closing the show with Where Do We Go When We Go, a fantastic song that really makes you smile.
It’s time for the headline act from a little town called Bedford, Don Broco. Without wasting any time they jump straight into Come out to LA, a song that, to me, sets the tone for this band. What is it about this band that makes them so special? Well, for a start, they are a genre all of their own but, if you had to box them the best description would be 80’s rock/pop meets early 90’s pop punk.
Don Broco make you smile and, even if you didn’t know the band beforehand, you will be a fan by the end of the show. Their stage presence is one of the best I have seen, with guitarist Simon Delaney throwing high kicks and never missing a step. As the set goes on the next song to come on is from the album Technology, Got to be You, which switches the set up completely. This slower track is a big surprise to the audience but the energy is still there and everyone is singing along including me.
Following this the set continues with Stay Ignorant which hits home about the current issues society has and is one of those tracks that gets stuck in your head and makes you think. To finish things off, the band came out with Nerve from their second album Automatic before bringing the house down with a three song encore comprising Half Man, Half God, Thug Workout and T-shirt song.
It’s been almost twelve months since the band played in Manchester and, even though this was the first leg of the tour, the band announced that Manchester was their favourite place to play. Tonight, Don Broco made sure everyone left with a smile on their faces so, with dates still remaining, make sure you get yourself down to one of the shows as we’re sure you’ll leave on cloud nine!