Following Don Broco’s largest show to date at London’s Alexandra Palace, the high flying five-piece hit the road across the UK for an extensive headline run.

Earlier this month Don Broco released their third and highest charting album to date in the shape of Technology. Subsequently, this evening the group makes a welcome return to Tyneside performing in front of a full house at the Northumbria Institute in Newcastle.

Opening the show this evening is one of the finest emerging bands on the UK touring circuit at the moment Yonaka and Japanese arena fillers Man With A Mission. The aforementioned five-piece who arrive bedecked in Wolf masks deliver a highly visual and somewhat diverse set to the Geordie faithful in attendance. With four albums now behind them, Man With A Mission performs an eight-song set which showcases their distinctive hard rock meets dance-pop sound.

Tracks like “Dead End In Tokyo” could quite easily be a mainstream hit, whereas the Linkin Park tinged “My Hero” is incredibly catchy it simply sweeps you away. The group puts their own distinctive stamp on Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” before closing with the hard rocking “Fly Again” from their eponymous debut album. Man With A Mission truly blur the lines between a myriad of different sounds and influences, which certainly both entertains and transfixes the huge audience in attendance to see them.

As Don Broco hit the stage they immediately launch into an emphatic rendition of both “Pretty” and “Everybody” from their latest offering, which in turn sets the tone for the night ahead. By the third song of the set “What You Do To Me”, frontman Rob Damiani climbs up onto the security fence in front of the fans, whilst orchestrating the madness.  It doesn’t take long for things to get hot and sweaty.

The band’s high energy performance spurs the crowd on all night long, with dancing, pogoing and circle pits being prominent throughout. Perched upon risers at the front, the band prowls the edge of the stage. Their energy is infectious and does not subside at any point in their set.

During the course of the evening, Don Broco delivers the lion’s share of their genre-defying new album from which there are many standout tracks. These include singles and anthems such as “Stay Ignorant” and “Come Out To LA” along with the thought-provoking title track itself.

Despite the fact that Technology was released a couple of weeks ago, it feels as though that many of the tracks featured on the album have already established themselves as fan favourites. The crowd knows every word of every song off by heart and subsequently sing at the tops of their voices all night long.

Don Broco bring their main set to a close with old favourites “Thug Workout”, “Nerve” and “Money Power Fame”, which leaves the band’s die-hard fans wanting more. Returning to the stage for a two-song encore the group close out the show with an emphatic rendition of “T-Shirt Song” which is enough to spur most of the room into spinning their shirts around their heads.

Don Broco’s impressive stage production, which comes complete with a light show that even Pink Floyd would be jealous of, is a sign of things to come – the band are destined to be filling arenas in the not too distant future. Technology as a studio recording sounds great, but live these songs really come to life.

If you missed the Don Broco on their current sold-out run, do not fear, the group has just announced the second leg of their tour for later in the year and they are not to be missed.

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Event Date: 19-Feb-2018

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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