LIVE PHOTOS + REVIEW: The Struts, The Glorious Sons, Kelsy Karter // San Diego, CA


The Struts brought their Young & Dangerous Tour to the Observatory North Park in San Diego, CA on July 3. The sold-out crowd filled the room early and caught sets from The Glorious Sons and Kelsy Karter.

You may remember Kelsy Karter’s name from a few months back when she made waves releasing a song titled “Harry” and a photo of her with a seemingly real face tattoo of Harry Styles, the latter of which turned out to be temporary. The New Zealander is a bit of a newcomer compared to the acts she opened for, but she is more than a gimmick. The bright-eyed crowd easily connected with her songs and stage presence. Kelsy’s voice shone with help from her backing band, who she affectionately refers to as “The Boys With Long Hair.” She was interactive and played on the audience’s energy, bringing her charisma and talent to the forefront.

Canadian rock band The Glorious Sons then took the stage by storm. The venue was nearing capacity by the time they went on, and it was obvious that fans of The Struts were definitely here for The Glorious Sons as well. The crowd was extremely receptive to the band, especially lead vocalist Brett Emmons who moved around the stage barefoot and clad in a leopard jacket. Whether it was “S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)” or their latest single “Panic Attack,” the rock band had the audience enthralled.

San Diego… aside from gorgeous weather and beautiful beaches, it’s also “the best place to come to for the Struts,” according to frontman Luke Spiller. The city “holds a very, very special place in [their] heart” because their first ever U.S. headlining show took place in San Diego back in 2015. For a town of people who are normally laid back, there was a packed room full of fervent fans on a Wednesday evening. The English rock band captivated everyone’s attention with a live show worth seeing.

Their stage design was vibrant yet simple, giving each band member an opportunity to shine. Spiller’s lively persona and multiple outfit changes kept the energy up all night long, and the strength of his voice never wavered. Guitarist Adam Slack demonstrated his skills with an electric solo, but also stripped it back for an acoustic moment between him and Spiller that was illuminated only by the audience’s cellphone lights.

The crowd happily sang and danced all night, providing a perfect audience for the rockumentary the band’s filming. Spiller also noted that the crowd was the only one that knew the second half of the chorus to “Where Did She Go.” A quick survey of the venue proved that a vast majority had indeed attended a Struts concert before. The adoration for this band was evident that night by looking at the carefree faces filling the room from wall to wall. There are some artists you can see once and be satisfied. The Struts is definitely not one of those artists.

Don’t miss out on experiencing their live show. You can catch The Struts on tour all over the U.S. this summer and in Europe this fall:

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