All Time Low’s highly anticipated UK tour kicked off last night at London’s O2 Academy Brixton and I was fortunate enough to be in attendance. This was All Time Low’s first show in the UK since February 2020. The band were joined by fellow American bands Meet Me @ The Alter and The Maine who certainly got the crowd going.
Meet Me @ The Alter started the night with some of their pop-punk songs, including various songs from their latest release Model Citizen. They put on an energetic performance and were the perfect warm up for the night.
The second support act of the night was American rock band, The Maine. They treated fans to nine song set including some of their hit songs “Am I Pretty?”, “Sticky” and “Black Butterflies and Déjà vu”. Band lead, John O’Callaghan, knew how to get the crowd going, he had them all dancing, jumping, and having an overall amazing time. The crowd was definitely warmed up and ready for All Time Low by the end of their set.
The crowd went crazy as the lights went down and were greeted by All Time Low’s stellar intro visuals, which were accompanied by a voice over from a futuristic artificial intelligence called Sharon. As the band walked out on the stage they began playing “Some Kind Of Disaster”. You could see how happy they were to be back on stage in London. Half way through the song confetti got sent out into the crowd, which surprised the fans. Jack Barakat and Zack Merrick were running from left to right of the stage, engaging with fans while playing the guitar/bass and singing where needed.
After this they went on to perform “Dark Side Of The Moon” and “Six Feet Under The Stars”, which were also complimented with visuals including graphics and lyrics. During these Barakat attempted to get a high five off band mate and lead singer, Alex Gaskarth, which he rejected (sorry Jack!). I also have to take a moment to compliment the incredibly talented drummer, Rian Dawson, as he absolutely smashed it last night.
The band also played some old classics like “Lost In Stereo”, “Weightless”, “Damned If I Do Ya” and “Backseat Serenade” which sent the fans into frenzy. There were people on shoulders and crowd surfing throughout the standing crowd.
The final song before the encoure was “Glitter & Crimson”, which Gaskarth requested all fans to turn their phones flash on, making Brixton Academy light up. It was a beautiful moment between the band and the crowd.
For the encoure Gaskarth, Barakat, Merrick and Dawson performed their popular release “Monsters”, which features Blackbear. It was the perfect penultimate song. The final song of the night was a fan favourite, “Dear Maria Count Me In”, and it sent the crowd absolutely crazy. People were screaming the lyrics off the top of their lungs, jumping around and going mental. There was a moment where the members of All Time Low allowed fans to sing the words back to them and they looked in awe from the stage. The show ended with another round of confetti and the band handing out some left over guitar picks and drumsticks to the crowd.
All Time Low never disappoint, it was an incredible performance by the guys and this was only night one of their 5 show long UK tour.
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