Gig Review by Fran Prince with Photography by Bianca Barrett

Fall Out Boy

Naughties American alt-rock comeback band Fall Out Boy re-established themselves on the UK’s music radar with their release of 2013 album Save Rock and Roll and they’ve continued their prominence in the category ever since; emerging new sounds and styles once more with their intensifying 2015 album American Beauty/American Physco.

Fall Out Boy

With a resounding audience demographic of new skater styled teenagers and nostalgic adults mostly in their twenties, the band still reign over the new American, rock vibe, with a diverse sound and boundary breaking genre from pop-rock, alt-rock and emotive-acoustic ballad rock.

Fall Out Boy

Opening the large holding venue of the NIA arena, the band smashed through the screaming crowd with the reverberating and deep-rooted track Sugar, We’re Going Down.

Fall Out Boy

The holistic set list, incorporated a broad range of their un-dated hits from industry breaking album From Under The Cork Tree, with A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me” getting everyone echoing lyrics, plus new successes from their 2013 album Lets Be Alone Together, which held a new punk-pop vocal with a military instrumental. This track had an all-rounded punk theme, with a screening montage of sickeningly loved up couples fashioning Mohawks.

Fall Out Boy

Pyrotechnics, and flame throwers stunned the audience alongside soldierly led track This Ain’t A Scene It’s An Arms Race, where F.O.B fell into the same trend as All-American Rejects and Blink 182 once more, allowing a large majority of the audience to relive their high-school years, as our lungs swelled to sing at our highest possible octaves.

Fall Out Boy

Upon a breaking blackout the trio of guitarists split from the drummer to a centre seated stage for an acoustic version of Young Volcanoes. A striking drum solo showed off the true talents of the tattooed instrumentalist, with a mashup of rock and energetic drum and bass, as the others made their way back to the main stage. Joint front man, Pete Wentz called upon the audience to “Make Some Noise”, and they were sure to not disappoint.

Fall Out Boy

Lead, Patrick Stump returned the favour throwing the band into Dance, Dance, but lacked something with his low toned, speech like vocals from the star-light period. He’s come a long way since the starlight times and his vocals throughout the new playlist certainly demonstrated his vocal capacity, upon returning to this song it felt a little bland, but he brought it back fairly quickly.

Fall Out Boy

More emotive track American Physco, brought about a haunting rock atmosphere, with a black and white ballet dance imagery and huge bubble balloons taking over the confined standing crowd, whilst security played an awkward part of piggy in the middle.

Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy

An MJ Beat It cover increased the vigour within the gig and got everyone dropping the conventional rock hand gesture, along with Centuries and Uma Thurman. These lads are certainly here to stay for the foreseeable future, continuing to write memorable songs and come at us from new angles.

Fall Out Boy

The UK stint of their 2015 tour features leading UK rapper and singer-songwriter Professor Green, endorsing a female vocalist Katie Holmes-Smith who even managed to showcase her striking vocal range with no instrumental backing at all, the pair made a powerful duet alongside a DJ and backing singer. Pro green’s extensive range of tracks featured distinct and impressive vocals alongside the expressive rap and staple pithy tone of the artist, with hit tracks Just Be Good To Me, Jungle and Monster. As Green set in a trippy rave scene of strobing and bass dropping bangers, the crowd climaxed with paralleled beat plummeting hand gestures that occupied the entire arena. For some unfortunate teen crowd members this proved just too much, and three faint fans had been dragged over the pit before FOB had even hit the stage.

Professor Green

Professor Green

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