Off the back of their new studio album, ‘The Other Side’, Australia’s Tonight Alive are touring the UK and tonight take to a sold out Academy 3 in Manchester. Admittedly, I may the oldest and tallest in the room, but at least I have a decent view from the bar and I’m one of the very few people who can actually purchase something from it legally.
Up first are UK boys, Decade (**), who churn out their set well with solid performances all round, but generally don’t seem all too bothered about interacting with the crowd and I can’t help but feel that this performance wouldn’t have been any different if they were alone in their parents’ garage. That said, the songs they perform are done well, they just don’t really warm up the crowd as a support band should, especially when promoting a forthcoming debut album.
It takes Florida quintet Set It Off (****) to really get the crowd going with huge performances like ‘Swan Song’ and ‘I’d Rather Drown’. Sounding like a heavier version of Panic! At The Disco, frontman Cody Carson has the crowd screaming every word back at him. With the whole band being incredibly lively on stage, it makes for a far more appealing performance and really gets the crowd going ready for the headliners. No doubt Set It Off won over some new fans tonight.
An ear-splitting scream greets headliners Tonight Alive (****), who waste no time whipping the crowd into a frenzy with set opener, ‘The Ocean’. They treat fans to old favourites such as ‘Listening’ and ‘Wasting Away’. Changing the pace with ballad, ‘Amelia’, the band have everyone in the room singing back at them, but it’s when they bring out new tracks like ‘Lonely Girl’ and heavier number ‘The Fire’ that they’re truly at their peak, it’s just a shame there aren’t more tracks from the new album in their set.
Finishing their set with crowd favourites, ‘Breaking And Entering’ and ‘What Are You So Scared Of’, Tonight Alive round off a great performance proving they deserve to be selling out these venues across the UK and that they intend to build on the success they’ve been achieving this year.
Written by Jonathon Barlow