neck deep @ o2 academy

A lovely reminder about why I fell in love with pop punk all those years ago… Review in B24/7

This sold-out evening with Wrexham’s Neck Deep was a re-education in pop punk. Thrust into the news because of the fluctuating status of its forerunners Blink 182, the genre felt antiquated and left behind.

The connection to the crowd, through both locale and lyrical content, was raw and compassionate. The near-sixty-minute set saw every single lyric sang back at the band, especially on A Part of Me where the crowd easily overpowered those on stage.

Each fan savoured every inch they gained as they clamoured and climbed over one another, getting nearer to the stage. Those brave (or foolish) enough to crowd-surf their way to front were met by lead singer Ben Barlow and his microphone for a brief duet before being pulled aside.

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