Don Broco at the O2 Academy Bristol Gig Review: Live music’s certainly an Amazing Thing

Amazing Things is Don Broco’s fourth album, having been teased with a series of high-energy singles and beautifully chaotic music videos from earlier this year. The final product was shared in September, along with a UK tour announced for later in the year. The tour promised a post-COVID release for every alternative rock, nu-metal and post-hardcore fan, with a flurry of gigs running down the country before the band went back to their roots with a final gig in their hometown of Bedford. 

Amazing Things combines the best bits from Don Broco’s eclectic music repertoire, with songs like Bruce Willis embracing their quirky song writing style, whilst One True Prince harks back to the rocky but feel-good sound that made them famous. One Reddit user summed up the sound of the album excellently, saying “It’s totally batsh*t and perfect”.

With the O2 Academy Bristol literally packed to the rafters, NOISY, a trendy three-piece whose catchy hip-hop/DNB tunes stayed with me for weeks, got everyone moving. After a brief interval, with the crowd singing along to progressively heavier songs from bands like Papa Roach and Linkin Park, the lights dimmed and Don Broco took to the stage to do what they do best. 

Four albums and thirteen years later, the band certainly knows how to rock a venue. Starting off heavy, the setlist was perfectly laced with the old bangers, as well as the best songs from the new album. Whilst there were the obligatory mosh pits, and the infamous Push Up Squad, there was also a welcome slowing of the set with a stripped version of Pretty, before the crowd’s roar welcomed the band back on stage for an encore, which was rounded out by the ever-popular T-shirt song. 

Throughout the set, you couldn’t help but think that the four guys on stage had missed these experiences as much as everyone on the other side of the barrier. I hope everyone leaving the gig that night was reminded why they loved live music so much.

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