The first time I saw Tonight Alive was way back in January 2012, almost 3 years ago. It was their first tour across the pond, opening for Never Shout Never on their UK tour. I distinctively remember singing along to their set while 99% of the other people in the room remained completely silent. Flash forward 3 years, and they’ve just wrapped up a sold out headlining UK tour, including two night’s at London’s infamous 1400+ venue KOKO.
I attended the second night of Tonight Alive’s sold out KOKO shows and they did not disappoint. Support acts came from pop punk/rock bands Chunk! No, Captain Chunk and The Summer Set; a firm favourite with the crowd.
Lead singer Jenna McDougall entered the stage holding up a British flag to a screaming crowd. They opened with ‘The Edge’, one of their newest songs, also featured on the soundtrack for the latest The Amazing Spiderman film. This was followed by a run of new tracks from their second album, The Other Side.
Soon enough it was time for the set to be slowed down, as Tonight Alive exited the stage and left Jenna standing solo with an acoustic guitar. Beginning with ‘Let It Land’ and ending with ‘Amelia’ (below), this short acoustic part of the set really showcased Jenna’s strong vocals and only enhanced her connection with the crowd. Hearing the crowd belt out all the lyrics to Amelia and watching as the lighters and phones were held in the air was definitely one of my highlights of the evening.
The rest of the band came back onto stage and the energy was lifted once again, as they went straight into a mix of both new and old songs. Their set ended with two of my all time favourite Tonight Alive songs, ‘What Are You So Scared Of’ and ‘Lonely Girl’. The lights went out, the band left the stage and were left with crowd chanting for more. Soon enough the intro song ‘Eject! Eject! Eject!’ started blasting through the speakers sending the crowd into frenzy. The encore consisted of ‘Breaking & Entering’ and ‘The Other Side’, an energetic end to a great set.
This was my sixth time seeing Tonight Alive, and I can safely say they’ve improved every single time I’ve seen them. This once small band from Australia has erupted in the pop/punk/rock music scene over the past 2 years coming so far in so little time, and I think I speak on behalf of all Tonight Alive fans when I say I look forward to watching their success grow even further into 2015.
Review by Sophie Dodsworth