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Concert review: All Time Low Back to the Future Hearts Tour

11th-13th February The o2 London, Manchester Arena, Barclaycard Arena Birmingham

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All Time Low kicked off their first arena headline tour ‘Back to the Future hearts’ in Cardiff on Wednesday following shows in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Dublin. The setlist mainly reflects the newest album ‘Future Hearts’ but also contains a bunch of pretty old tracks like ‘Poppin Champagne’ or ‘Do you want me dead’. The band also celebrates the ten year anniversary of their first album ‘Put up or shut up’ why they decided to pick a different song from this album for each of the six shows. Like ‘Break out! Break out!’ in Cardiff or ‘Coffee Shop Soundtrack’ in London. They also retired some classics from last years setlist like ‘Stella’ and ‘Time Bomb’.

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But let’s start with the really good choice of support bands for this tour.
First off the quite new Against the Current from New York getting the crowd going, even though the most didn’t know the band. But when they played their rock cover of ‘uptown funk’ they definitely had everyone on board, followed by their quite catchy songs ‘Outsiders’ and ‘Gravity’. Following this support tour they will start their own Europe tour playing London Koko 21st March and dropping their debut album very soon.

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The second support are Good Charlotte, who finally reunited after around 6 years absence where the Madden brothers mainly concentrated on writing with several artists just like 5 Seconds of Summer or All Time Low.
They started their show with ‘The Anthem’ and filled the setlist with a best of mix of their songs like ‘The River’, ‘I just wanna live’ and finished with ‘Lifestyle of the rich and the famous’. They also enjoyed making their jokes about the ATL guys especially while Jack Barakat is always sitting on the side watching the show. (So did Benji Madden reveal that he is actually Jacks real father and used to model with Rian) Of course they also presented their new song ‘Makeshift Love’ and announced to tour the UK later this year with a new record.

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All Time Low started their set with an energetic ‘Kids in the dark’, ‘Love like war’ and asked to ‘Dance with a wolf’ while they got on stage on a moving platform from under the stage. Their chats with the crowd contained the usual jokes about each other and Alex making fun of Jack’s mum. Jack is also the one who likes to get into the crowd at some point during the show or casually came back on stage only wearing pants with the UK flag on.

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For ‘Bail me out’ they got Joel Madden from Good Charlotte to join them on stage as he co-wrote this song, before the band slowed down for Alex to perform the acoustic version of ‘Therapy’ with the crowd having some lights out and singing along. Thereafter he goes over in an emotional speech about addiction before singing ‘Missing you’.

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Having the full band back on stage and after playing a total of 16 songs they leave the stage to get ready for their Encore. As end of the show they play ‘Weightless’ and ‘Something’s gotta give’ before finishing the show in the usual way by throwing guitars during the last song ‘Dear Maria count me in’.

All Time Low is a band that likes to party (Jack casually went DJing in a club in Birmingham after the show) and proved that they can create a good atmosphere in big arenas with their energetic show filled with pyrotechnics and fire. 

Surprisingly the band who is known to always be on tour has not really announced anything yet apart of playing this years Download Festival.

Setlist: ATL
Kids in the dark
A love like war
Dancing with a wolf
Backseat serenade
Lost in stereo
Poppin champagne
Damned if i do ya
Runaways
Tidal waves
Bail me out
Therapy
Missing you
Do you want me(Dead)
One song of put up or shut up
Don’t you go
Old scars/future hearts
Encore
Weightless
Somethings gotta give
Dear Maria

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Concert review: Jason Derulo 

30th January Birmingham

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The show was kicked off by DJ Jae Murphy, the official DJ from Jason Derulo. He played a mix of Ellie Goulding, David Guetta, Justin Bieber, Drake and others. His set was followed by Aston Merrygold the former JLS singer who presented a lot of new songs.

Jason Derulo started his part of the show by getting the crowd right into it, kicking of with two old songs Trumpets and Wiggle followed by a video showing an interview. A few videos were projected on the stage through out the show to give the crew a little break while one also showed the importance for the artist behind the new album Everything is 4 (a reason) including the bad accident he had back in 2012.

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The setlist contained songs from the new album but the old hits were not left out either. So did he bring a fan on stage during ‘It Girl’, had a jungle animation projected on the screens of the stage for ‘Don’t wanna go home’ and literally performed ‘The other side’ on the other side – the B-stage.

He had a full band on stage to interact with including Dj Murphy and of course his dance crew which turned the stage to Jasons dance floor.

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Concert Review: Panic! At the Disco

After hitting the big stage at last years Reading and Leeds Festival you can say Panic! at the Disco are back on track and came back to hit the stage again in London last week. No doubt the band went through a lot and it is now good ten years since their first album ‘A fever you can’t sweat out’ was released in Sept. 2005. Today Brendon Urie is the last man standing from the original p!atd crew but the band has been completed now with Kenneth Harris, Daniel Pawlovich and Dallon Weekes.

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P!atd decided to have a little, let’s call it one off pre release party in London just before they dropped the new album ‘Death of a Bachelor’. It was raining and cold but the dedicated fans in the first rows of the queue already waited for hours wrapped up in their blankets.

The support act Charley Marley was pretty good doing his thing on stage and interacting with the crowd. He already supported Fall out Boy on their UK tour last year and is part of Pete Wentz’ Fueled by Ramen family.

Up next and on time p!atd. The show had right from the beginning a lot of energy and good vibes. Smashing tracks from the last album just like ‘Nicotine’ and ‘Miss Jackson’ and mixing it up with songs from the new album like ‘Victorious’. Not to forget that Brendon Urie is kind of a one man band. Casually taking over the sticks to play a drum solo or play the guitar along to ‘This is Gospel’.

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A special cover on p!atd setlist is ‘Bohemian Rapsody’ which Urie performs sitting at the piano and has the crowd sing along. Some oldies but goldies are obviously on the setlist as well such as ‘Nine in the afternoon’ , ‘Lying is the most fun…’ and ‘I write since not tragedies’ while Urie admits that he is actually pretty sick of performing this song.
The setlist definitely covered all Panic! at the disco releases and we can all look forward to what else will come from p!atd this year.
They already announced a big summer tour in the US which will kick off 10th June. A tour for the UK has not been announced yet.

Either way if you want to catch them live you will get the chance end of May when they headline the Slam Dunk Festival throughout the UK. They are also playing the Rock am Ring and Rock im Park Festival in Germany and are rumoured to join R&L Festival 16 as well.

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