All Time Low Live at Glasgow’s O2 Academy

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Baltimore 4-piece All Time Low returned for the first of two huge shows at Glasgow’s O2 Academy on the 11th of March. Opening their 22 song strong set with fan favourite “Do You Want Me (Dead?)” the US rockers were met with ear splitting screams of delighted and delirious teenage fans packed in as close as possible to their idols. The sold out show contained a wide selection of hits from the band’s extensive album listing including old classics such as “Six Feet Under the Stars” (So Wrong, It’s Right), “Break Your Little Heart”, “Lost In Stereo” (Nothing Personal) to newer tracks such as “The Irony of Choking on a Lifesaver” and For Baltimore (Don’t Panic).

All Time Low’s young fanbase had turned out en-masse; cheering, bouncing and swaying during every song at the drop of a hat as lead singer Alex Gaskarth jokingly instructed. Confessing to the crowd that “Glasgow is one of their favourite cities to perform”, guitarist Jack Barakat donned a jimmy hat thrown on stage leading to Gaskarth attempting (and failing) at a Scottish accent.

All jokes aside, the set with slowed down half way through with an acoustic solo set up with Gaskarth holding the stage on his own. The enchanting “Remembering Sunday” from their first full length album So Wrong, It’s Right and Nothing Personal’s “Therapy” gave fans the chance to catch their breath before exploding into the remaining songs of the set. With a sea of lights, Gaskarth’s voice carried off every note and fans could really appreciate the depth and quality of his voice displayed beautifully through these songs.

The show ended as energetically as it started including a duet of “A Love Like War” with Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall climaxing with “Dear Maria, Count Me In”, a song never failing to thrill fans. The last time I watched All Time Low live was four years ago, so this was a very nostalgic show and although it feels as though their music hasn’t progressed that much since then they have definitely found their niche in the market and a sold out UK tour speaks for itself.

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