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LIVE! Billy Talent, AWOLNATION + Don Broco @ Camden Roundhouse

November 14, 2012 by  

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LIVE! Billy Talent, AWOLNATION + Don Broco @ Camden Roundhouse

ARTIST: Billy Talent
SUPPORT: Awolnation, Don Broco
VENUE, TOWN: The Roundhouse, London
DATE: 11th November 2012
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Away from the winter Sunday evening, a somewhat empty Camden Roundhouse is slowly beginning to fill up. A predominantly young audience are eagerly awaiting tonight’s bout of the Rock Sound Riot Tour.

Openers Don Broco take to the stage with a burst of energy and launch straight into their first track. Throughout their set the 4-piece work extremely hard to get the half empty hall moving. Despite a somewhat scrappy sound and not so tuneful vocals it doesn’t take long for the crowd to warm to the Bedford foursome and a decent sized circle pit ensues. The audience are rooting for the band, and even when frontman Rob Damiani trips over onstage, the Roundhouse’s enthusiasm for Don Broco doesn’t falter. The band finish their short set by saying how grateful they are to be playing such an amazing venue and thank the crowd for their participation.

Main support AWOLNATION arrive on stage to a background drone of synth, which sets the tone for the next 40 minutes. The band perform a stonking set of harmony-laden synth-soaked LA electro rock which unfortunately at first seems to be a bit lost on tonight’s crowd. It’s not until they pull out their ubiquitous hit single ‘Sail’ that the crowd seem to realise who they are. Nevertheless it doesn’t stop main man Aaron Bruno from trying to get everyone to dance, hug their neighbour and generally have a good time from start to finish. As they close their set the crowd begin to look a little confused again as lead singer Aaron repeatedly screams ‘We are AWOLNATION, we are all AWOLNATION’. Notwithstanding, an electric performance by an amazing band.

But it’s seasoned headliners, Canada’s finest, Billy Talent that everyone is really here to see. The house now packed the band come on stage to a roar and rapturous applause. For a band that has now been going (albeit with a name change) for nearly twenty years they continue to remain as relevant as ever and deliver a hit packed 90 minute set to an eager throng of fans.

– JM



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