Tonight was my last chance to see Don Broco live before they settle down from touring for a little while to write and record album number two. Regardless of the fact that I had already seen them live twice this year there was no way that I was missing an opportunity to see one of my favourite bands of the last few years yet again.
Support for the evening came in the form of two superb artists; Lonely The Brave and Bad Rabbits, the former of which I had fancied seeing live for a little while now. Lonely The Brave provided the crowd with some mellow yet uplifting beats easing us into the night. Conversely, US funk infused rock band Bad Rabbits got everyone dancing with a fun, retro vibe and enigmatic performance. I believe we will be seeing a lot more of these two acts in 2014.
Now for the main act, Don Broco. Seeing these four lads on stage is always an enjoyable and fun experience. Kicking off the set with their latest single You Wanna Know proved a popular choice as they were met by cheers of approval from the audience who seemed full of festive cheer dancing and singing along. As the band performed they were also accompanied by a rather flashy and strobe heavy light show which added to the atmosphere for most. The high octane feel continued through the night as they energetically performed a tight set of material largely from their debut album Priorities alongside other older tracks.
After so much jumping around in the first four tracks, it was actually rather lovely when the band brought the energy down a touch for You Got It Girl. As Matt, Simon and Tom played mellower grooves Rob serenaded the ladies in the audience and they left most swooning for them. Then it was back to the big performance for tongue-in-cheek song Thug Workout, in which their faithful fans were encouraged to join the craziness of the ‘Push Up Squad’ as some of the audience did push ups in the middle of the floor.
Towards the end of the set they took a trip down memory lane performing older tracks I’m Good and Top Of The World, with front man Rob dedicating them to all the fans that saw them live before Priorities was released. He also joked that it was the last chance to crowd surf because the security staff were getting tired. As they ended the set on ever popular Actors, their fans screamed for more and were not disappointed when the lads reappeared shortly afterwards for a three track encore of Hold On, Beautiful Morning and Priorities.
2013 has been one hell of a year for Don Broco. A top 40 single, playing the main stage of Reading and Leeds Festivals and also graduating to play larger venues. These were all highlights of a successful year for this relatively youthful band. Despite their ever increasing popularity, it’s refreshing to see that Don Broco are still the same level-headed and genuinely charming gentlemen that they have been since the beginning. Here’s to 2014 and the second album!