Gig Review and Photography by Sophie Jones

Four Year Strong

Setting foot in the O2 academy, the room is already full to the brim, so with a few polite words and a bit of pushing I managed to get to the front just in time as the lights went down.

Local Brummie lads Light You Up take to the stage. Tom Napier, (Vocals/Guitar) takes to the barrier to get the audience hyped up. Gesturing two members of the audience to hold his mic, he attempts to mount the barriers, with a minor amount of defeat, another member lent forward and helped him into the crowd.

Light You Up

Light You Up

Light You Up

Light You Up

The lads continued to plough through their set even with some strained vocals due to illness. The audience didn’t seem to mind though, with applauding and whistling after each track ended.

Lead, Tom goes on to mention their new video for ‘All we’ve ever known’ before dropping swiftly into the track. His euphoric response of ‘That was f***king awesome” implied his thrill at how the track had been received, with lyrics trickling from the mouths of the audience. He then elaborated saying “If you ever see us in the street, come f***king say hello were nice guys”.

Up next was Forever Came Calling from Twentynine Palms, CA. As the band’s first time over in the UK they were very humbled to be here. With an American pop-punk sound, their summer vibes with speedy guitar riffs and catchy lyrics set about a radio like ambience, which did not disappoint the audience and flowed nicely into the next pop-punk act of the night, Hit The Lights.

Forever Came Calling

Forever Came Calling

Forever Came Calling

Forever Came Calling

All the way from Lima, OH, Hit The Lights dropped into their set with a plethora of tracks Nick Thompson (Vocals) introduced the band and reminisced over the first time they were over in the UK was in 2006 with Pop-punk legends New Found Glory.

Hit The Lights

Hit The Lights

Hit The Lights

Hit The Lights

With a high energy and lively set, also reflective amongst the audience, favourite track “Body Bag” created a mass sing-a-long and to finish the set the boys ended on a cover of Pantera’s “Walk”.

Finally, headline act Four Year Strong punk rock quartet entered the stage with their melodic hardcore style, the room stepped up the tempo with a conventional mosh pit. Instantly setting a buzz within the venue with their powerful and aggressive intro, Alan Day (Vocals/Guitar) greeted the front row audience with his gritty vocals.

Four Year Strong

Four Year Strong

With a variety of tracks from ‘What’s in the Box’ and ‘One Step at a Time’ the band turned up the heat, it was no surprise they took a breather to talk with the fans then. Following the punk theme, with references to South Park and a fan shouting, “I want your babies” we gained a little insight into what we would be hearing from FYS in the future…

Four Year Strong

Four Year Strong

Querying the new album fans got what they were after when Dan O’Connor replied “We finished the album three days before we came here” and it seems that mosh pit fans is just going to get even greater as “The album is heavy as f**k and he can’t wait for everyone to hear it”.

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