Gig Review by Fran Prince with Photography by Kris Askey

McBusted

Entering the Barclaycard Arena I was instantaneously met by a mass of nostalgic noughties crazed music fans, ecstatically awaiting the new pop rock and punk pop fusion band McBusted. The six piece have begun a hysteria with their Most Excellent Adventure Tour. Blackout set off an immensity of screams and with their infinite energy McBusted entered, pinging into position one by one from below the stage like they’d just landed onto the screen of an arcade game.

McBusted

The set list and retro set design were an addictive combination, with throw backs to old school arcade gaming devices and inspiration from the ‘Back to the Future’ film phenomenon. Tracks varied between the two bands’ hits and this paralleled the pixelated gaming graphics that were used as their staging theme.

McBusted

McBusted

Introducing Level One: Kick off!

With debut single Air Guitar beginning the gig, a punchy chorus and the band’s playful energy set the audience straight into a fun filled night. The explicit rock of Hate Your Guts followed, with new and pacey guitar riffs, slightly heavier than usual. Getting the audience really tuned in One for The Radio propelled the gig off to the next level.

McBusted

Level Two: The New Formation

With more vocalists and instrumentalists to the group, their talents have expanded developing harmonies we didn’t know was possible within pop music. Their vocals have progressed and some of their songs such as What happened to Your Band, written by James Bourne even evokes a significant amount of new found maturity within the lyrics; focussing on the split of Busted and post-fame disparities.

McBusted

You Said No got the audience pumped with Danny Jones demonstrating just how strong his vocals can be, with an extraordinary finish. The lads call for a break for a quick game of Street Fighter, on the gigantic working arcade gaming set, once again demonstrating their charming big kid behaviour.

McBusted

McBusted

Bonus Stage: Back to the Future

A highlight of the night was the introduction of a ‘Back to the Future’ car replica which was lowered onto the centre stage from which they climbed out of. These boys are clearly reliving their imaginative youthful years!

McBusted

Level 3: Rewind

Taking us back with sensation songs like Air Hostess, What I Go To School For and Obviously the band upped the tempo of the gig and with signature jump kicks and old-school vibes the band were completely on-point. Danny Jones & Tom Fletcher brought a mixture of gravelly rock tones and effortless octave changes to the band, reaching every high note!

McBusted

Banter flowed between the guys on stage and the audience, with Dougie Poynter and Matt Willis as the clowns of the group. Crashed the Wedding even saw the boys turn into a Bridal party, and song It’s All About You brought about a refreshing light-hearted humour amongst the audience as they were put on the spot with a Kiss Cam.

McBusted

Final Level: Finale

Favourite tracks such as Star Girl, Five Colours and Shine a Light saw pyrotechnics, confetti and colour take over the stage, and the long awaited Year 3000 finished the set memorably.

McBusted

From their yesteryear days of catchy lyrics and adolescent issues that likened the bands during their rise to fame, this hybrid band have surpassed the levels and turned up the voltage. We just wish it wasn’t Game Over for us.

McBusted

Check out support act rock band New City Kings who are a must have addition to this tour with their distinctive and atmospheric sound. The echoic vocals of lead singer Mark Kovic could be compared with early Foo Fighters in their track Change, so if you haven’t yet heard this quartet just yet, then get downloading.

New City Kings

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