Don Broco plus very special guests play two nights at Victoria Warehouse.
Don Broco, along with Welsh pop-punkers, Neck Deep, and Atlanta-based band, Issues, play two sold out nights in Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse.
I don’t think I have been able to review/shoot a band at the warehouse without there being some kind of issue with my pass. I was looking forward to catching Issues, but instead waited for around an hour in the cold whilst my confirmed photo pass was sorted out. Gutted to miss them, but these things happen!
I managed to get in moments before Neck Deep, and sprinted through the crowd to the photography pit. The four-piece came in to plenty of applause, and went straight into The Peace and the Panic track, ‘Motion Sickness’. That was followed by Life’s Not Out to Get You track ‘Gold Steps’. Frontman, Ben Barlow, shot around the stage in his Man United shirt, with rhythm guitarist, Matt West, throwing himself in circles and jumping off of platforms. All in true pop-punk style. They finished on Life’s Not Out to Get Youtracks ‘In Bloom’ and ‘Where Do We Go When We Go’. The dynamic four-piece were the perfect way to get the crowd going (even if there were some disagreements around Barlow’s shirt choice).
Around 30 minutes after Neck Deep left the stage, the lights lowered for the main event: Don Broco. After a small musical introduction, the band leapt onto the stage to Technology track ‘Come Out to LA’. Frontman, Rob Damiani, bounded about the stage, stomping to each beat perfectly, and encouraging the crowd to do the same. The band’s energy was infectious, and the sold-out venue became one big party. Next on the set was Technology’s ‘Pretty’, a perfect song to keep up the energy from the band’s entrance. Again, Damiani bounded about the stage with unwavering energy. You could just tell the whole band were loving every second. The Bedford four-piece stormed through a 21 track setlist, with a notable moment coming from the cowboy themed song ‘Everybody’, which saw a cowboy come on stage and perform a comical dance throughout the song.
No matter what you think of Don Broco’s music, they are brilliant performers, and there is no doubt about that. They are the type of band who can put on an entertaining show, no matter how familiar you are with their music. They continue their tour around the UK – there are still tickets, I highly recommend you get down there!