On the 24th of February, many fans start to line up early in front of the Underworld to get as close to the stage as possible. A few hours before doors the line already wraps around one corner of the building and there are countless guys and girls excitedly waiting for the beginning of the show. It’s no surprise considering the line-up that consists of 4 incredibly good pop-punk bands which convince with their authentic sound.
Opener of the evening is Milestones, a british band from the north-west of England. The pit isn’t filled all that much yet as their set starts at 6:30 pm but that doesn’t discourage vocalist Matthew Clarke as he launches into the set. The band interacts with their fans and even encourages them to hold up lighters while performing ‘Shot in the Dark’. It creates an intimate atmosphere and fits perfectly to the theme of the song, as Clarke sings about self-recognition and his personal experiences.
Milestones’ sound is refreshing and they definitely don’t fail to deliver on stage. Their catchy melodies provided by guitarists Andrew Procter and Eden Leviston as well as bassist Mark Threfall and drummer Andrew Makin fit perfectly with the heartfelt lyrics that deal mostly with the process of learning to love and accept yourself but also realizing when it’s time to leave bad things behind for a better future.
Second support of the evening is Canadian band Safe To Say. It’s their first ever show in the UK. The alternative rock band plays a mixture of fast and melodic songs and manage to warm up the crowd in a good way. It’s never easy to play in an entirely new country for the first time. But Safe To Say manage to please the crowd with songs like ‘Tangerine’ or ‘Zoey‘, an upbeat track that invites the audience to clap, dance and enjoy themselves fully.
After Safe to Say leave the stage, the atmosphere in the room changes. The pit is mostly filled by now and everyone is anticipating the third band of the evening – Broadside. When they finally come on at 8 pm, the party really starts. Broadside’s performance is raw and full of energy. Before they launch into their third song, singer Ollie Baxxter dedicates a song to the queen with the words ‘Fuck Trump, this one is for the fucking queen’ which elicites enthusiastic screams from the audience.
Their 4th song is called ‘Damaged Kids’, a fan favourite that motivates everyone in the pit to sing along. It’s the band’s first time playing a show in the UK as well but with their wild and authentic performance, their catchy and authentic music and their emotional lyrics it’s extremely easy for them to make the crowd fall in love with them and hype them up for the headlining act.
After enjoying the energy-filled sets of the 3 supports, it’s finally time for With Confidence to step on stage. Their first song is called ‘Voldemort‘ and it directly sets off the mood for the rest of the evening. The charisma of vocalist Jayden Seeley gets the crowd going almost instantly. Following are tracks like ‘Archer‘ and ‘Tonight‘. Their songs are fast and powerful due to dominant guitar riffs provided by Inigo Del Carmen and Luke Rockets as well as a more than convincing drum play by Josh Brozzesi. Before the Australian band plays their song ‘Keys’, they take the time to talk to their fans: “If you’re feeling down or whatever, that’s bullshit, you guys are awesome’. Inigo is singing and he is putting everything he has into the song, it’s not hard to tell how much it means to all of them though. Overall, With Confidence interact with the crowd a lot. They share personal experiences and are thankful for the sold out show, as they never dared to even think of selling out a venue like the Underworld.
The intimacy inside does not fail to create an amazing atmosphere. It definitely feels like everyone is connected with each other and it’s 75 minutes filled with pure joy and the feeling of being happy to be alive. The musical flow the band creates through their setlists makes time seem to fly as they launch into one catchy pop-punk anthem after another. When the first notes of ‘We’ll be okay’ echo through the room, you can tell that the energy has come to its climax.
After With Confidence leave the stage, the crowd starts chanting ‘With Con’ collectively and it only takes seconds until the guys are back up, ready to play their encore. First ‘London Lights’ is on, followed by the last song of the evening called ‘Keeper’. With their closing song the band puts all their energy and emotion into the performance once again. You can feel the floor vibrating because everyone is dancing and jumping. ‘Keeper‘ easily resembles one big party and is the perfect ending to an evening full of authentic music and carelessness.
The strong line up, the convincing performances and the emotionally-drenched but still incredibly catchy tunes are what make this tour so special. If you have the chance to see for yourself what the buzz is about, we’d advise you to not sleep on it. Getting a ticket is something you definitely won’t regret.
The killer line-up consisting of Milestones, Safe To Say, Broadside and With Confidence make this tour a must-see for everyone who enjoys listening to pop-punk. They fill the evening with catchy, authentic tunes and powerful performances.