Live Reviews

Don Broco live at Esquires, Bedford

Don Broco
Esquires, Bedford
15th December 2012

One of the most spoken about new bands of 2012 decided to return to their hometown roots and perform a monster of a show in a tiny 400 capacity venue that very few had ever heard of, although it has hosted shows for bands as big as Coldplay and Supergrass.

The four piece pop-rock band with their hook-heavy and energetic songs wasted no time and got the show into full swing. The distinguishable routine ‘The Walk’ makes an appearance within seconds as the band open with the song ‘Priorities’. Somehow the band reminds you of a teen boy band as they perform their rehearsed dance moves. Band members and the rowdy crowd are not holding back tonight.

With a mixture of old material and songs off of their debut album ‘Priorities’, their performance is full of energy and the band work together fantastically; their timing is outstanding. Crowd favourite ‘Whole Truth’ involves the audience getting onto each other’s shoulders; lead singer Rob Damiani encourages people as people are flying high above the crowd as strangers become friends within the audience. All the band are interested in is making this show as fun as possible for everyone.

The smile on lead singer Rob Damiani’s face showed his amazement to the crowd’s reaction as the crowd screamed at the top of their voices right back at him. The sweat drenched crowd “really take the biscuit” as some audience members decide to join the band on stage with a bit of cheeky crowd surfing, it’s all fun and games here.

Although the show was disappointingly short, with the band only performing for one hour and five minutes, the show was truly one to remember. From a teenage dream to reality, it is clearly obvious that Don Broco still haven’t showed us everything they’ve got. Expect much more from them in 2013.

Don Broco are touring in 2013, see dates below

18 Arts Centre, Norwich
19 O2 Academy 3, Birmingham
20 Joiners, Southampton
21 Underworld, London
22 The Haunt, Brighton
23 White Rabbit, Plymouth
24 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
26 The Cockpit, Leeds
27 Corporation, Sheffield
28 O2 Academy 2, Newcastle

01 Cathouse, Glasgow
02 Academy 3, Manchester
30 O2 Academy, Liverpool

13 53 Degrees, Preston
14 Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
16 Concorde 2, Brighton
17 Academy 2, Oxford
18 KOKO, London
20 Hit The Deck Festival, Bristol
21 Hit The Deck Festival, Nottingham

Photo: Emma Wallace – taken at Red Bull Bedroom Jam Finals