Gig Review and Photography by Jay Broadhurst

Sum 41

Kerrang! has been a part of every rock fans life for the best part of 35 years not to mention helping to breakout and influence a new generation of bands. So as is tradition for the last 10 years Kerrang! have put on a sponsored tour of their own, previously it has seen the likes of Biffy Clyro and Bullet For My Valentine grace the coveted headline slot.

Due to the early 7:25 start people are still slowly filtering in but opening band on the bill, The Biters do their best to reward the early birds with the straight up rock n’ roll music. Near the end of the set they even invite one lucky lady onto stage to have a beer with them where she is greeted with the first cheers of the night as she downs the drink.

The Biters

The Biters

The Biters

Second up tonight are Roam, who seem to have already managed to gain a bit of a following but for all their enthusiasm and effort it seemed like sound issues were always fighting against them. However the more they worked their way through the set the more comfortable and stronger they became. By the end the crowd on the first few rows were singing their songs word for word straight back at them, definitely an act to be keeping any one for the future.

ROAM

ROAM

ROAM

Having always struggled to connect with the music from any of Frank Carter’s previous projects, I was pleasantly surprised with how good Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are. As with all his bands there is a reputation about how insane their live shows are and this is no different. After only being onstage for a single song Frank doesn’t take long to find himself amongst the crowd.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

The last time Sum 41 were scheduled to play the UK it was on this very same tour in 2012, however frontman Deryck Whibley sustained a back injury and later serious illness which forced the band to cancel their appearance. Now 4 years on they are reinvigorated with a new passion, desire and an album in the works the fans are eager to see the band in action.

Sum 41

Sum 41

Sum 41

Their set kicks off with the original ‘Introduction To Destruction’ before a mix of songs including Metallica’s ‘Master Of Puppets’. The first three songs consisting of ‘Over My Head’, ‘Motivation’, ‘The Hell Song’, are everything you expect from a Sum 41 show fast and intense. In-between songs Deryck takes a minute to reacquaint everyone with Dave Baksh who recently rejoined the band after a few years away. They also throw in a couple of covers into the mix for good measure, a rendition of punk legends Rancid ’Ruby Soho’ and a hit from England’s very own Queen. As they close one the fan favourite ‘Fat Lip’ the fans will feel more than happy with tonight’s setlist as it could very easily be referred to as a greatest hits performance.

Sum 41

Having seen Sum 41 a few times in there career tonight’s show proves they still have what it takes and if anything all the troubles they have faced has only made them stronger.

Sum 41

Setlist: Over My Head (Better Off Dead) // Motivation // The Hell Song // Skumfuk (Blood in My Eyes intro) // Summer // Handle This // We’re All to Blame // Walking Disaster // Screaming Bloody Murder // Underclass Hero // Sick of Everyone // Ruby Soho (Rancid cover) // King of Contradiction // My Direction // What We’re All About // We Will Rock You (Queen cover) // Still Waiting // In Too Deep

Encore: 88 // Fat Lip

Sum 41

Sum 41

See the complete Kerrang! Tour 2016 photoset here.

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