Yep, it’s that time again, when I remember how much I forget to talk about live music here. When actually, its one of my favourite things. Living in London, I think I take it for granted how many opportunities I have to see bands live. All the big names drop in on their UK tours, we get most of the special ‘one-off’ shows and there’s ALWAYS some local or unsigned talent to be checking out.
This year’s been a bit of a slow one for shows – but there have been a few highlights, and these three shows have been standouts so far…
All Time Low – Alexandra Palace
This was a pretty super cool one as All Time Low played not one, but two sets. Yeep. Double the ATL fun. The first was their sophomore album, So Wrong It’s Right, in full – which had grown-up emo kids like myself flocking to Ally Pally. The second set, performed with a room-owning full stage show, featured other hits, including tracks from their 2017 album, Last Young Renegade.
*I had some complimentary tickets for this show, thanks to the lovely guys at Atlantic Records!
The Wonder Years – O2 Academy, Islington
I mean, yeah, I basically love anything these guys do, so it’s a given. Playing tracks from their new album, Sister Cities, the lyrical mastery combined with open, raw, sincerity from vocalist Dan ‘Soupy’ Cambell creates a frenetic, highly-charged atmosphere every time. If you like emotionally driven alternative rock with a pop punk edge, these are your guys. Basically? This is music that really means something.
Cancer Bats – Underworld, Camden
Yesss to small, sweaty rock shows. I mean, kinda no to the fact that the Underworld is a sucky venue for actually seeing the stage most of the time, but the atmosphere at this one was epic. Especially when I made my way to the side and could actually see. Playing the album Hail Destroyer in full, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Underworld move so much – and after plenty of visits here, that’s a pretty impressive statement.
What have been your live music highlights this year so far? Any shows you’re really looking forward to?