From the moment the American four piece walked on stage to a screaming eclectic mix of late teenage fans at the SSE arena, everybody knew they were in for a spirited night of fun.
Dubbed “A Night In London With All Time Low” the evening was filmed for a forthcoming DVD release. The crowd brimmed with 19-year-old couples and groups donned in 2009-esque You Me At Six & Green Day merch. With two pop punk support acts, Real Friends & Neck Deep, the standing crowd moshed and danced to their hearts content. After a 45 minute wait, All Time Low jumped on stage to the deafening roar of 12,500 screams, coming after a small break for the band and shortly before the release of their next album, Future Hearts. Tracks from 2013’s “Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now!” were frequent and shouted back to the band, evident in songs like “A Love Like War” & “The Irony Of Choking On A Livesaver”.
At intervals between songs, though far and few, lead singer Alex Gaskarth paused to make painfully cringe-worthy innuendos, however the light banter seemed to be a major crowd pleaser… with the exception of a few dad’s wondering what they were doing there. A stand out track of the night was “Weightless”, a hit from the band’s debut, “Nothing Personal”, which created mosh pits and dancing galore. 8 tracks in, Gaskarth switched to a B stage located near the back of the arena, singing an acoustic duet of “Remembering Sunday” alongside Hey Monday’s Cassadee Pope, followed by “Therapy” to a phone-light lit up arena.
Switching back to the front stage for the second half of the gig, new tracks like “Something’s Gotta Give” & “Kids In The Dark” were a hit with the once again raucous crowd. Ending with “Dear Maria, Count Me In”, it was clear to see where the Baltimore band’s success lay- in catching guitar riffs, easy lyrics and a dynamic that seems to work for the pop punk teens of the world.
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