The Talking Heads is a treasure hidden away in the streets of Southampton. Last night, one of their two deceivingly large rooms was host to an amazing show from 4 pop-punk bands. Each band was fantastic, with the crowd really getting behind every performance. The first night of tour is off to a flying start for Trash Boat, Broadside and Homebound.
Jon Bellion took London by storm. His ‘Human Condition Tour’ hit the O2 Shepherds Bush last week and blew everyone away. The venue had been upgraded due to popular demand and was packed from front to back, there didn’t seem to be a single space in the entire venue. He was supported on the night by Blaque Keyz, who has featured in many songs with Jon in the past. This show was unforgettable.
Dodie’s headlining show at The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth was to support the release of her debut EP ‘Intertwined‘. Alongside her was Rusty Clanton, another YouTuber from Nashville. These two fitted together seamlessly and stole the attention of everyone in the room. The venue was lovely; perfect for two twinkly indie singers. It was packed from front to back, with people (like me) sitting on top of tables in order to see the stage.
This show was an odd one; for once it was the opening acts I was there to see rather than With Confidence. Broadside are a band I’ve been following for a while and was overjoyed to get the chance to see this incredible pop-punk band live. Milestones are a band who I had discovered quite recently and loved. However, as with most shows, each band was incredible in their own right and a true pleasure to watch. The show brought in a range of pop-punk sounds, even venturing into other genre’s with Safe To Say. Joiners was a brilliant venue for all these bands, allowing an intimacy which really played into their hands when winning over the crowd.
twenty one pilots’ two nights at Alexandra Palace marked the 3rd and 4th time of seeing them live and they did not disappoint. When empty, the venue itself seemed far too large to fill, but within half an hour the place was packed from wall to wall. People were pressed up against each other, pushing to try and get to the barricade. The band owned these two shows, leaving all those who attended desperately wanting more.
Hands Like Houses’ show at Southampton’s Joiners was a last minute affair, organised due to the cancellation of Of Mice And Men’s ‘Cold World’ Tour. Though it was more than worth it, the intimate venue provided a chance for newer fans to catch them in a new light. Support for the night came from up-coming band Glass Foundations.
Twin Atlantic will play Portsmouth’s Pyramid Centre to support the release of their fourth album ‘GLA’.
Despite Of Mice And Men having to cut the set short due to lead singer Austin Carlisle’s condition, this was still an amazing show. Both Crown The Empire and Hands Like Houses had the crowd dancing, singing and screaming like a headline band would. The Pyramid Centre itself was lovely, filled with brilliant staff (including everyone’s favourite dancing security guard). I can’t wait to see these acts again and to attend more shows at the Pyramid Centre.
Of Mice and Men will headline Portsmouth’s Pyramid Centre celebrating the release of their latest album ‘Cold World’.
Thanks to the University of Portsmouth I attended Victorious Festival on Saturday. It was a brilliant festival, with several amazing stages and stalls set up around the large site right next to the sea. The beautiful weather made for an even better experience, there were so many wonderful acts playing including All Tvvins, Adam French and DMA’s.