LIVE: Don Broco, o2 Academy, Birmingham (15/2/18)

From the moment Don Broco came on stage the crowd well and truly let their inhibitions go. The whole gig was one big singalong.  Hands in the air, people were jumping and dancing, crowd surfing – even on the balconies where security were trying (largely unsuccessfully!) to get some fans to sit down.

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Don Broco, Birmingham, 15/2/18 (photo: Arta Gailuma)

Before the song Porkies from their latest album, lead singer Rob Damiani thanks the crowd for all their support and for buying their music. He mentions to fans that it’s a new song but if anyone know the words then they would be welcome to sing along. And, oh yes, they did – it seemed as if every person in the room knew the song… and most of the others too.

It was such an energetic and colourful gig from the four-piece rock outfit, with superb stage lighting adding to the experience. For his part, Damiani never stops moving around the stage and enjoys seeing crowd being wild. In the middle of the set he asks fans to sit down, the whole room sit down and then with the first beat of the following song everyone jumps up high.

After the main set – a mixture of songs old and new from across their three albums – the band leaves the fans screaming for more and they return with two encore songs from their third album Technology, released this month – Come Out To LA and T-Shirt Song. For the last song of the evening everyone was singing in unison swinging their just bought merch t-shirts in the air… or failing that, the shirt off their back. It was a storming end to a high-octane show from a band that has evolved to become one of the UK’s strongest live rock propositions.

Review & photos: Arta Gailuma

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