There is a foreboding sense largely due to the nature of today’s pop-punk scene that listeners of this genre cannot be over the age of eighteen, which by attending a gig of tonight’s variety instantly makes you feel ten years older then you actually are. However by the end you largely depart feeling a whole lot younger and with headliners Set Your Goals being the highlight tonight this should be no different.
With doors opening from an early half six a crowd has already gathered for tonight openers Fireworks, making there first appearance in the UK. The American quintet produce an explosive thirty minute set filled with highlights like ‘Detroit’ to opener ‘Geography’, their following cannot be knocked as they begin tonight’s entertainment with a panache and energy which gets the crowd moving from the get-go.
Broadway Calls are to follow who, with a clear feel good factor take to the stage with their catchy punk rock sound and an unbounded confidence which definitely leaves everyone wanting more. When SYG finally take to the stage, the venue erupts as they immediately kick into ‘Summer Jam’ off their new album which tonight’s set is largely dominated by.
The typically excitable elements of a SYG performance were characteristically there in abundance which, not unexpectedly, transmitted itself over to the crowd instantaneously.
If there’s one aspect that can be asserted from this rampant six-piece is there ability to suck the crowd in, with the majority singing tonight’s set word for word and the affection from the band visible throughout. When asked by vocalist Matt who’s been to a SYG show before the crowd break into rapturous applause as old classics ‘Goonies Never Say Die’, ‘Work in Progress’ and a flawless set concluded by ‘Mutiny!’ leaves every sweaty follower inside knowing they’ve witnessed something undeniably special.