Gig Review and Photography by Sophie Jones

Don Broco

This year’s annual Kerrang! Tour sees the likes of We Are The In Crowd, Don Broco, Young Guns, Bury Tomorrow and Beartooth take part in the twelve-day stretch up and down the country.

Beartooth

Beartooth

Beartooth

Beartooth

First to take to the stage at Brum’s O2 Academy is Ohio’s Beartooth, the brainchild of ex-Attack Attack! Member Caleb Shomo.

As they burst out onto the stage you can tell this is going to be a lively set, as they kick things off with “Beaten In Lips” which is quickly followed by the excellent “In Between” in which Kam Bradbury decides to get up close and personal with the fans on the front row. Literally.

Caleb called for circle pits and even got the crowed chanting along, the line “ One Life, One Decision”.  Splendid! Their set was full of energy throughout but you could see that Caleb was coming down with something – as he was drinking plenty of water and gargling a plenty to soothe his straining vocal chords. Not that it affected his on stage performance. As always he was excellent.

Beartooth Set: Beaten In Lips / In Between / The Lines / Dead / I Have A Problem / Body Bag

Bury Tomorrow

Bury Tomorrow

Bury Tomorrow

Bury Tomorrow

Bury Tomorrow

Bury Tomorrow

Next up Bury Tomorrow and the place erupted as they greeted the fans from their risers. They kicked off with ‘Man On Fire’ the first single from their latest album ‘Runes’ which took the crowd participation level up several notches. To cool things down a little Dani sprayed the crowd with water, which the ladies in the front row went wild for. A nice touch or a tactic to enhance the sweaty look of the front row?

Dani then took the time to talk with the room, as a condom floated on stage he took the impromptu moment to give the room a little sexual education before asking “If you know our band, you’ll know this song” before launching into ‘An Honorable Reign’.

The frontman finished the night in the crowd and was right in the mix of it as the rest of the band finished up with ‘Lion Heart’ pushing the energy levels up to ‘hyper’ as the crowd sang along accompanied by a plethora of crowd surfers making their way to the front courtesy of the outreached arms of their fellow revellers.

Bury Tomorrow Set: Man On Fire / Garden Of Thorns / Of Glory / Watcher / An Honorable Reign / Lion heart

Young Guns

Young Guns

Young Guns

Up next were London’s Young Guns. The band haven’t toured the UK for a quite a while as they have been in the studio penning their new record. It was good to see them back doing what they do best!

They were well received from the fans with everyone moving along and singing their hearts out but disappointingly the boys only performed three songs ‘I Want Out’, ‘Speaking In Tongues’ and ‘Bones’ prompting many to question whether it was worth being on the bill for a short amount of time?

We Are The In Crowd

We Are The In Crowd

We Are The In Crowd

We Are The In Crowd

We Are The In Crowd

Albeit before 9 and with 2 bands left to play, I noticed that people had started to wander off for the night, which was a shame. This seemed to matter not a jot to next act as We Are The In Crowd blasted on to the stage to deliver a high energy performance going into ‘The Best Thing (That Never Happened)’ followed by ‘Manners’ and ‘Never Be What You Want’.

Tay Jardine then slowed things down a little but on looking around the room seemed a little disheartened as interest seems to have faded, with punters seemingly more interested in their beers and phones. WATIC continued to plough through their set giving it their all, which had the WATIC fans in the mosh pit going wild. Ultimately their tenacity paid off as the front woman made her way down to the pit and up to the up on the front barrier singing into the crowd, much to their delight.

WATIC Set: The Best Thing (That Never Happened) / Manners / Never Be What You Want / Dreaming Out Loud / Exits and Entrances / Reflections / Come Back Home / Lights Out / The Worst Thing About Me / Kiss Me Again / Both Sides of the Story / Rumor Mill

Don Broco

Don Broco

Don Broco

Don Broco

Last but no means least were Co-Headliners Don Broco. As they took to the stage with ‘Money Power Fame they were well received with plenty of dancing and clapping. It became instantly evident that the crowd really liked them.

They mixed up their set with a number of older tracks along with new material ‘Fire’ and ‘Super love’ which were very upbeat and bouncy. For me though it seemed to be very much a case of ‘once you’ve heard one song, you’ve heard them all’ scenario. Rob Damiani enhanced the mood with some classic dad dancing and with personal preference aside I thought the lads put on a good show to end the night and the remainder of the room who’d stuck around till the death had enjoyed their performance.

Overall the Kerrang Tour was a solid night of music, featuring a wide-range of musical talents and despite the lack of structure going from heavy hitting post-hardcore to fist-pumping rock and then to pop the tour attracted a diverse audience and despite the odd niggle here and there I would say it went down pretty well.

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