Despite the miserable weather and the unavoidable Monday blues, gig- goers were out in force at The O2 Academy last week for a night of non-stop rock; The Kerrang! Tour was in town.

Ohio metal-core band, Beartooth kicked off proceedings with “Beaten In Lips”. “In Between”, “Dead” and “I Have A Problem” followed, after which frontman, Caleb Shomo thanked the crowd for coming out early to catch their set before concluding with, “Body Bag”.

Next up was Southampton’s own, Bury Tomorrow and lead vocalist, Dani Winter-Bates spared no time in encouraging the audience to get involved, saying that the evening should be about appreciation of live music, rather than the genre that sound-tracked The Kerrang! Tour. The quintet ripped through tracks, “Man On Fire”, “Garden Of Thorns” and “An Honourable Reign” during their blistering set. Their stint on stage closed with Winter-Bates launching himself on top of the crowd during, “Lionheart”.

Fresh on the scene, and on the tour followed; Young Guns took centre stage. Singer, Gustav Wood and Co are out on the road in support of their forthcoming third studio album, “One And Zeros”, due for release in June. Their set was short, but very sweet and shaped by tracks, “I Want Out” and “Speaking In Tongues”. The band concluded with their biggest hit to date, “Bones”, which whipped the crowd into a bouncing, singing frenzy.

New Yorkers, We Are The In Crowd brought a slightly different feel to the bill, thanks to their brand of pop punk. As the main support to headliners, Don Broco, the female-fronted outfit played a mixture of material both old and new in a 12-strong song set. Upbeat tracks, “Never Be What You Want” and “Both Sides Of The Story” loosened up the crowd in perfect time for the main event. 

Don Broco took centre stage and singer, Rob Damiani had the crowd by the jugular from the get-go! The Bedford band delivered a roaring performance with mass sing-alongs accompanying tracks, “Money Power Fame” and “Yeah Man”. “Actors”, “Fire” and “Whole Truth” followed, before the band bowed out with “Fancy Dress”. Don Broco’s encore was shaped by “Beautiful Morning”, “Thug Workout” and “Hold On”, before the band surprised (and delighted) their audience by splitting them down the middle for an impromptu game of badminton complete with net and rackets! “Superlove”, “Priorities” and “You Wanna Know” closed the set, and concluded an exceptional evening of live music in Glasgow.

As is typical of The Kerrang! Tour, the anticipation was high this year, and the five-band strong ensemble chosen to represent the metal/rock/punk genres certainly did not disappoint.

 

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