Review by Lauren Page with Photography by Lynsey Dawson

12 years after their Scottish debut, Mayday Parade returned to join forces with The Wonder Years for a co-headline tour around the UK, kicking off at the O2 Academy in Glasgow on Saturday night. With four bands taking to the stage over four hours, ticket holders were in for a mega-bill of a treat which included support slots from rockers Movements and New York’s Pronoun.

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Prior to the gig, I decided to check out Pronoun on Spotify and let me tell you, from her bio alone I fell in love with her. Imagine it’s peak summertime, you’re in the park, life is good and you have unlimited drinks in your cooler – this is the kind of music you’re after. From ‘a million other things’ to ‘run’, Alyse brought good time vibes to the venue and a chill start to the evening. Next to hit the stage was Movements. Hailing from the US, I’d never come across the band before but thank the heavens I came down to the show early to catch them. The mix of post-hardcore and spoken word came across beautifully on stage. Daylily was a personal favourite and lead vocalist, Patrick Miranda, honestly took my breath away at his delivery on stage. Bravo.

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The Wonder Years are well known for their energetic deliveries on stage, and Dan Campbell made sure Glasgow were jumping up and down from the get-go. With belters such as Sister Cities, Flowers Where Your Face Should Be and Pyramids of Salt, there wasn’t a song to go past that didn’t have the crowd chanting the lyrics back. What really stuck out for me was the band’s song, Heaven’s Gate (Sad & Sober) which talked about seeing your close ones die over and over again. The level of emotion that hit me and the rest of the crowd during the track was something else. Throwing it back to their early tracks and back up to their later releases, The Wonder Years took fans on a journey through their discography including as many hits as they could within their one hour slot. Closing with Came Out Swinging, it is safe to say that The Wonder Years absolutely smashed their set and on numerous occasions complimented the Glasgow crowd for being crazy – which, let’s be honest, they always live up to.

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Whether you’re an old school Lesson in Romantics Mayday Parade fan, or a more recent fan through their latest album Sunnyland, or even their infectious Punk Goes Pop covers, you easily find yourself listening to Mayday Parade’s velvet tones for hours on end. With over a decade of recorded music under their belt, it would be an easy choice for Mayday Parade to purely play their latest album, but the crowd received a mix of all their albums including long-time favourites such as Jersey, Jamie All Over, Anywhere But Here, Three Cheers for Five Years and even playing a live rendition of the stunning acoustic track Sunnyland which lead vocalist, Derek Sanders, admitted they’d only played once before to a live audience. Closing the show with Oh Well, Oh Well and an encore of I’d Hate to Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About – Mayday Parade proved that they deliver a live show and a half! It’s been a long time since their first Scottish gig at King Tuts, and the Florida five-piece prove that they’re not going anywhere anytime soon by leaving the stage saying “We want to come back to Scotland as many times as we can, so thank you for always being here”.

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