LIVE: All Time Low / Good Charlotte / Against the Current

Where: O2 Arena, London

When: 11/02/16

Rating: 4/5

Against the Current

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Image: Official Facebook

While the crowd might not start tonight as Against the Current fans, they don’t stand much chance of leaving the same way; not if feisty frontwoman Crissy Costanza has anything to do with it. As this tiny figure tears across the vast stage, you can’t help but be drawn to her endless energy, along with the band’s infectious pop-rock tunes in the catchy claps of ‘Talk’ or the dance groove of cover ‘Uptown Funk’. Against the Current are an easy-going aperitif we’re more than happy to start our night with.

Check out ‘Running with the Wild Things’ by Against the Current here.

Good Charlotte

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Image: Official Facebook

When this tour was announced, the last band we ever expected to see on the line-up were ‘00s pop-punk heroes Good Charlotte. Where have they been for the past ten years anyway?! Tonight we pick up exactly where we all left off, transporting everyone back to their embarrassing teenage years whether they like it or not. Kicking off with punk rock floor-filler ‘The Anthem’, the room completely erupts and it’s like Good Charlotte never went away. With their on-stage banter, it seems as though everyone tonight is reliving their youths, the band included; but we’re all doing it together, and no-one is judging us now. As we realise we still know every word to ‘Boys & Girls’ and can’t stop dancing unashamedly to ‘I Just Wanna Live’, even the snootiest of pop-punk aficionados have to admit that seeing Good Charlotte tonight is a hell of a lot of fun.

Check out ‘Makeshift Love’ by Good Charlotte here.

All Time Low

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Image: Official Facebook

For four fanboys from Baltimore, All Time Low have done pretty damn well. Their latest release sees them performing their third London arena show in a year, not to mention a massive main stage slot at last year’s Reading & Leeds festival. Tonight marks their biggest UK headliner to date, and it’s down to them to make a lasting impression on almost 10,000 admirers.

All Time Low pull out all the stops to make this a truly memorable night. From blasts of scorching flames to explosive fireworks and captivating big-screens, they couldn’t have imagined this in their wildest dreams and it’s heart-warming to see such humble boys achieve something so enormous, especially when they remind us of their roots with songs such as ‘Coffee Shop Soundtrack’ and ‘Poppin’ Champagne’. But it’s not all about the frills; when they launch into straight-up party tunes ‘Kids in the Dark’ and ‘Lost in Stereo’ that’s all it takes to get everyone off their feet.

Future Hearts has taken All Time Low to new heights, and they celebrate that with an expansive setlist that relies heavily on new tracks. The ferocious ‘Dancing with a Wolf’ and the chirpy ‘Missing You’ are welcomed with open arms, even if some are disappointed by old favourites being substituted for newer models.

After a batch of acoustic songs dull the mood, we’re relieved that All Time Low sign off with three excellent encore tracks. From pop-punk anthem ‘Weightless’ to last year’s punchy single ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ and, finally, the unmissable ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’, the crowd and band alike pour every last drop of energy into this finale. Although they’ve changed over the years, All Time Low are an untouchable live band- and that doesn’t look set to change anytime soon.

Check out ‘Kids in the Dark’ by All Time Low here.

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