2017 has been a big year for Neck Deep. After smashing through their summer stint at festivals like Slam Dunk Festival and Vans Warped Tour, before dropping their progressive third studio album, ‘The Peace And The Panic’. It’s understandable why there is a lot of hype for the band’s biggest UK tour to date to support the release.
First out on stage in an already quite packed venue are Edinburgh’s own Woes , making a big statement on home soil. You get the feeling that the group are loving every minute of this tour, and especially this date. It’s a huge deal for any band to be taken on tour by Neck Deep nowadays, and their set suggests a bright future for the pop-punks.
Next up, and arguably a little too prematurely on the bill, is Real Friends . As always, frontman Dan Lambton and his crew are very active on stage, and get the crowd charged with tracks like ‘Mess’ and ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore’. Real Friends seem to be a very likeable band, as Lambton speaks on the importance of talking and addressing issues of mental health in between songs. It’s just a shame that they’re not on stage for longer.
As It Is  are next to step up, but something says they don’t seem completely up for it. For starters, the absence of Andy Westhead on guitar (replaced by songwriter/guitarist, Arthur Walwin) seems to confuse the crowd. However, the show must go on as the saying goes, and they ease through tracks like ‘Okay’ and ‘Pretty Little Distance’ before ending with a flurry on fan favourite, ‘Dial Tones’.
Before the main event, the crowd are given a special announcement for the organisation, Hope For The Day, who are sponsoring this tour. The message is loud and clear – and incredibly well received by the audience – that if you are ever suffering from anxiety, depression, or anything which negatively consumes your life, that you are not alone. If you would like to find out more about the Hope For The Day campaign and the work that they do, then you can via the website (here).
Following on from this, the curtain falls (literally) to unveil a pumped-up Neck Deep , who are ready to blow the roof off of this place. ‘Happy Judgement Day’ gets the crowd a little bit rowdy before ramming through tracks like ‘Lime St.’ and ‘Gold Steps’. The Wrexham lot won the award for Best Live Band at the APMAs last year, and they turn up the stagecraft to show why. There are smoke machines and flame canons which really heat up the atmosphere, and you can just feel that this is a huge tour for the band. At one point, even frontman Ben Barlow is taken aback by the intensity of the sweaty crowd revelling in their performance. The band keep up the relentless, rapid pace throughout the middle of their set, and get a great reception to their new tracks like ‘Parachutes’ and ‘In Bloom’, before a trio of acoustic songs play the band out.
The encore sees the band going full out with the theatrics, as a mass confetti explosion engulfs the crowd on the last chorus of ‘Where Do We Go When We Go’. Neck Deep came to put on a show, and boy did they.
Written by Dylan Tuck (@dylankightuck)