Photo by: Giles Smith
You Me At Six and All Time Low
Venue: O2 Arena, London
Date: 14th February 2015
Valentine’s Day this year saw Surrey quintet You Me At Six and American pop-rockers All Time Low conclude their five date co-headline tour in style; going out with a bang, a new-found frontman bromance and a setlist crammed full of brilliantly chosen album tracks and old favourites.
Running the risk of stealing the limelight All Time Low took to the stage first taking us back to our pop punk school days with classics from Nothing Personal and a rousing rendition of 2009 hit ‘Weightless’ provoking a screaming sing-along from the crowd.
My personal highlight was a gorgeous acoustic version of ‘Therapy’, which saw frontman Alex Gaskarth take to the stage alone with nothing but his acoustic guitar and thousands of smartphones lighting up the arena – poignant, emotional and a real chance to see Gaskarth shine vocally.
Unsurprisingly they smashed the end of their set with 2006 debut single ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’ undoubtedly causing a large part of the crowd to reminisce the heady days of emo fringes, the obsessive wearing of band hoodies and drinking cheap cider in parks.
You Me At Six had the daunting task of following their co-headliners energetic and tight performance. Coming on to the slightly more down tempo ‘Room To Breathe’ the set really kicked off when the five guys launched into second album classic ‘Stay With Me’. The set list was a delightful mix of old and new, catering to all manner of fans with my only complaint being that I’d have liked to have seen more from the ‘Take Of Your Colours’ era. Despite this it’s clear to see, through their performance and interaction, how proud the band are of how far they’ve come and their newer, more polished tracks.
My highlight for these boys was the electrifying performance of ‘Reckless’ which saw the crowd go wild dancing, jumping and singing their hearts out to this catchy rock track form their third studio album; Sinners Never Sleep.
Both bands outdid themselves, talent and enthusiasm flowed through the arena like fire. The energy inside was palpable, the crowd atmosphere excitable and the band performances intense. The two bands took the O2 in their stride proving they’re both very much still on their way up. Truly a night the boys should be proud of and a night I very much doubt fans will ever forget!