Don Broco – Great Hall, Cardiff 01/12/13

With Lonely The Brave, Bad Rabbits and Don Broco all playing on the same bill, what a night it was.

Lonely The Brave kicked off the night nice and early after doors opened, after hundreds of people made their way inside. With a big crowd to play to at such a early time of the night, they played well. For a band I haven’t seen before the crowd warmed to them straight away.

When Bad Rabbits hit the stage the place was bouncing with their R&B funk tunes blasting. Everyone was feeling really good and the crowds energy was building rapidly. They weren’t what I expected at all. Their set had a few covers chucked in, including Wild Cherry’s Play That Funky Music and it was one big sing-along. Bad Rabbits certainly got the crowd ready for Don Broco.

When Don Broco finally graced the Great Hall stage after a painstaking 35 minute wait, everyone had more or less lost some patience and energy but when the opening introduction to one of their big hits You Wanna Know, the crowd were electrifying and the “smile, you’re all on film” posters dotted around the venue explaining that Don Broco had a team of young filmmakers filming the whole show really helped with crowd participation.

Hit after hit was played by the Bedford band and everyone was having a great time. Completely different night to what I thought it would be, and there were a lot of crowd surfers, with both boys and girls going for it. Frontman Rob was adored by the crowd, especially for his deep powerful voice. They interacted with the crowd so much causing huge circle pits, walls of death and almost going all the way in themselves. All the band looked like they enjoyed the night and were loving every second of it.

They left their big-selling hit Priorities right until the very end as part of their three track encore, which left everyone on a high! After seeing Don Broco live I would happily see them live again and would recommend them to anyone.

8/10

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