Pop punk troubadours All Time Low make a welcome return to the North East of England for their first full headline show in the region since 2014.
The US-based quartet has a strong relationship with their British fan base, so much so that they chose to record and feature their most recent appearance at London’s Wembley Arena as part of their Straight To DVD II: Past Present and Future Hearts package last year.
However, tonight’s show at the O2 Academy Newcastle is somewhat more of an intimate affair, giving the band’s fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with All Time Low. Despite this, the band have spared no expense on their stage production and lighting this evening.
Upon arrival at the venue, it’s fair to say that the anticipation for the show is high, with the queue to get into the theatre wrapping around the block. This show has long since been sold out and subsequently, the band’s fans pack out the room from the off, and of course enjoy superb sets from up and comers Waterparks and Swmrs to boot, who each definitely win over some new fans tonight.
As All Time Low takes to the stage excited screams resonate around the room, although this largely doesn’t stop at any point during their 90-minute performance. The band kick off their high energy set with a triple whammy of “Kicking & Screaming”, the anthemic “Weightless” and “Somewhere in Neverland”.
The band has the room in the palm of their hands from the off with many of the numbers from their last studio album Future Hearts having firmly established themselves as fan favourites. The crowd hangs on every word of the likes of “Cinder Block Garden” and “Somethings Gotta Give” before “Kids In The Dark” gets the room dancing.
All Time Low are getting ready to release their seventh studio album Last Young Renegade on 2nd June. To date, the band have previewed a pair of numbers from that record and tonight they choose to perform one of those tracks live in the shape of “Dirty Laundry”. The band’s frontman Alex Gaskarth comments on how this is one of his favourite tracks he has written to date, and it’s apparent the fans feel the same. The number turns into one of the biggest singalongs of the night; cell phones illuminate the room as far as the eye can see – the song certainly feels like it is a future classic in the making.
Mid-set the band slow down the proceedings. Gaskarth stands alone as he delivers a beautifully heartfelt rendition of “Therapy” before the rest of the band rejoin him onstage for “Missing You”.
As the band hurtle towards the end of their set, they wheel out the big numbers like the euphoric “A Love Like War” and “Backstreet Serenade” before bringing their main set to a close with “Take Cover”, a song which Gaskarth comments closed out the chapter on their last studio album Future Hearts.
The opening few bars of “Lost In Stereo” lights the blue touch paper in the room, as the crowd are sent into a frenzy. The night is brought to a close with old favourite “Dear Maria, Count Me In”, which comes complete a New York style ticker tape parade with both Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat joining the fans on the security fence, much to their delight.
All Time Low continue to go from strength to strength, and judging by the response from their fans towards their new material this evening the band’s forthcoming album is sure to be a hit. We look forward to more of what is to come from Baltimore’s finest.
Event Date: 25-MAR-2017