LIVE: Don Broco @ Alexandra Palace, London (11/11/2017)

Date: November 11th 2017
Venue: Alexandra Palace, London
Support: Counterfeit / State Champs


Bedford’s Don Broco certainly aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but you have to give it to them, they’re having an absolute corker of a year from touring across North America, to popping up at Reading & Leeds Festival for a secret set. But, they’re not done with the UK just yet, with their sights set on a sold out show at London’s Alexandra Palace – the band’s biggest headline show to date.

Opening the evening up are London born punk rockers Counterfeit [6], who’ve been going from strength-to-strength in this past year, releasing their debut album ‘Together We Are Stronger’, and also featuring on Dan P. Carter‘s Rocktober.

Next up is by far one of everyone’s favourite pop-punk bands lately, State Champs [8], and Ally Pally is starting to fill out very very nicely. Starting out with ‘Slow Burn’ from their most recent record, ‘Around The World And Back’, they get the place moving. They manage to squeeze out twelve songs into their set spanning across three releases to get Ally Pally nice and warmed up for the headline act.

After taking over America back at the star of the year, Don Broco [9] are back on their home turf and doing their only headline UK show this year in absolute style. Kicking off with their recent single ‘Technology’, you can see that Don Broco absolutely belong in settings such as this. The production of the show is absolutely epic, ranging from an array of lights, onstage strobes, and even a bounty of fire for good measure.

A stand out moment of the set also comes when we reach the song ‘Further’ in the setlist, in which we see State Champs frontman Ryan Scott Graham come out to sing along, and during ‘Everybody’ almost everyone in the crowd attempts to recreate the cowboy dance from the single’s accompanying video.

‘T-Shirt Song’ gets its first live airing here since it was officially released as a single, and the whole of Ally Pally sing out at the top of their lungs, just like almost every other song in tonight’s set. All of the Broco boys exit the stage apart from vocalist Rob Damiani who introduced the crowd to his friend, also named Rob.

Rob takes the microphone, and introduces himself whilst Damiani leaves the stage. He explains how he’d been part of the British Army for 18 years, and that he’d seen some horrible things. He goes on to tell the crowd how to not let the good things go, and then proceeds to call his girlfriend Suzanne on stage. He turns to her, says “You make the bad things good, and the good things great”, before pulling out a ring from his back pocket, gets on one knee and proposes to her in front of the whole crowd! Congratulations Rob and Suzanne!

Broco soon come back on stage to finish what they’d started, only this time they’re donning white tuxedos, just like in the video for ‘Pretty’, and, sure enough, that’s exactly what they kick into next, and brings what is undoubtedly the biggest night of Don Broco‘s career thus far to an end.

Written by Callum Griffin (@CalGriffinn)

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