Gig Review by Nic Jones with Gig Photos by Jason Broadhurst

A Day To Remember

Hailing from Ocala, Florida, A Day To Remember have been around for 11 years and have toured far and wide in that time. They’re known for being complete pros at putting on an exuberant and energy filled gig, so it is with a certain level of expectation we turn up at Manchester’s Apollo to catch their latest live performance.  Their reputation says it should be a good show, but what will they bring that is new?

The Story So Far

The Story So Far
The Story So Far

At first glance The Apollo wouldn’t be the most obvious of venues for a band like ‘A Day to Remember’; its upper tier is fairly restrictive to a fan base wishing to jump along to the punk melodies, unforgiving guitar riffs and thrashing drum beats. Perhaps it’s a sign of their popularity that they can command possibly the second largest venue in town.

Mallory Knox

Mallory Knox
Mallory Knox

There are three support acts to get through before the main event: Mallory Knox, Every Time I Die, and The Story So Far, each bringing their own unique sound to the gradually growing crowd. The Story So Far in particular have a decent following of their own and definitely provide an enticing prelude to the main set.

Every Time I Die

Every Time I Die
Every Time I Die

By the time A Day To Remember hit the stage, the crowd are ready and raring to go. They aren’t disappointed with a slow start to proceedings, it is straight to business, kicking off with ‘All I Want’ and barely stopping to breathe from there. Most numbers are fast-paced and energetic, taking on new life completely in a live arena. ‘If It Means A Lot To You’ provides a rare break and acoustic moment before ‘It’s Complicated’ surges the audience back into the pop punk momentum. They pull in a strong and dedicated crowd, often singing along to the point the band’s voices are inaudible. It’s hard to tell which are the most popular songs given the crowd reaction to all, but finishing on anthem ‘The Downfall of Us All’ sees the crowd completely reunited, and brings an uplifting end to a vibrant night.

A Day To Remember

A Day To Remember

A Day To Remember

Even if you, like me, wouldn’t necessarily always listen to this genre of music, there’s no denying this band are good at what they do. They put on an energy-filled, raucous live show, which will conjure up a smile even a few days later when you think back on it, even if your ears are still tingling at the time.

A Day To Remember

A Day To Remember

A Day To Remember

Set List: All I Want / I’m Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of / Homesick / 2nd Sucks / Right Back At IT Again / The Document Speaks For Itself / City of Ocala / You Had Me AT Hello / If It Means A Lot To You / It’s Complicated / Mr Highway’s Thinking About The End / Life Lessons Learned the Hard Way / Sometimes You’re the Hammer, Sometimes you’re the Nail / Have Faith in Me / The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle

A Day To Remember

Encore: Violence (Enough is Enough) / All Signs Point to Lauderdale / The Downfall of Us All

A Day To Remember

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