Some gigs you expect greatness from and others you have no expectations. Tonight, is the latter of these, after only seeing A Day to Remember once before at a festival and in rather hazy and drunken circumstances. Tonight, they are the headliners of the last ever Eastpak Antidote tour.
With the venue close to the brink, with people of all ages and facial hair, August Burns Red deliver a ferocious set, packed with fan favourites such as ‘Back Burner’ and ‘Meddler’. ‘Leveller’ gets the biggest response and it’s this that gets the lighters moving and the crowd bouncing. It’s metal-core played the way it should be, with a brutal fire that a few bands in the genre who could learn from.
A Day To Remember need to introduction but they get one, a very loud one. With an American flag donning an eagle behind them, and a very energetic Jeremy McKinnon whipping the crowd into a frantic state, ADTR take four albums worth of material and turn it into an hour of pure joy. ‘All Signs Point to Lauderdale’ is brought with a request for a circle pit and the crowd happily oblige with a huge bodies of numbers crashing around each other in the centre of the floor.
‘It’s Complicated’ gets it first live outing in Leeds, before final song ‘The Plot to Bomb The Panhandle’ ‘ends’ the show. Of course, our Floridian heroes for the night aren’t done and they come back to perform ‘If It Means a Lot to You’ before breaking into a raucous version of ‘The Downfall of Us All’, which sees the audience do most of ADTR’s work for them.
This will be the last Eastpak tour ever and A Day To Remember have given us all a memory, not just worth remembering, but cherishing forever.
Original article first appeared on Vibrations website on 04/12/11