Gig Review and Photography by Jason Broadhurst

The Offspring

Turning up at the venue to find The Offspring are only scheduled to play for an hour was, well a massive disappointment, a band with their back catalogue and extensive hits I expected a longer runtime. However that disappointment quickly shifted to surprise in the form of Bright Young People who hail from Rhyl. A band who infuse punk rock and an element of grunge were exactly what the crowd need to kick off tonight’s proceedings.

Bright Young People

Bright Young People

Second up are The Menzingers, who are a band I have heard of doing the rounds but never had the pleasure of listening too. After their performance tonight I’m really not sure why, but this is something I will definitely be rectifying very soon. Guitarist Tom May is packed full of energy and it is definitely feeding back to the crowd 10 fold. The band are full of entertainment, catchy songs and they even throw in a Bouncing Souls cover for good measure to the delight of everybody who showed up early to see them.

The Menzingers

The Menzingers

Having seen The Offspring play a couple of lacklustre performances over the years at various different festivals I was looking forward to taking another trip down memory lane with their nostalgic skater songs at one of their own headline shows and seeing if there was any difference in their show.

The Offspring

With that being said the band choose to open with one of the more recent tracks, ’You’re Gona Go Far Kid’ off the ‘Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace’ album which still features all the catchy hooks a classic would have. Dexter, minus his guitar comes to edge of the stage to greet the traveling fans and they go wild for him. A few favourites quickly followed in the form of ‘All I Want’ and ‘Come Out And Play’. Shows like this always leave fans craving a greatest hits set and with a back catalogue as extensive as The Offspring they duly deliver. A surprise inclusion to the setlist was a particular favourite of mine in ‘Million Miles Away’ which helped to make the night all the more sweeter. There is definitely a wide variety of fans here with people who would have followed them from the early 90s to the next generation of skaters but The Offspring are certainly the kind of band that is loved by many especially with the mainstream exposure they received in late 90s. The band finish on a strong trio of songs in ‘Want You Bad’, ‘Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)’ and ‘The Kids Aren’t Alright’ leaving the crowd chanting for more.

The Offspring

Returning from their encore the band end their short but sweet set with the classic ’Self Esteem’. Despite the earlier disappointment regarding the length of the set I was more than happy with what they performed, once again proving it is quality over quantity every time.

The Offspring

Setlist: You’re Gona Go Far Kid // All I Want // Come Out And Play // Coming For You // Hammerhead // Have You Ever // Staring At The Sun // Bad Habit // Million Miles Away // Gotta Get Away // Hit That // Kirsty, Are You Doing Okay? // Why Don’t You Get A Job? // Americana // Want You Bad // Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) // The Kids Aren’t Alright

Encore: (Can’t Get My) Head Around You // Self Esteem

The Offspring

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The Offspring

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