As soon as the line-up for this tour was announced, fans knew they were in for a pop-punk extravaganza as Florida rockers A Day To Remember roped in New Found Glory, Neck Deep and Moose Blood to join them for this run of arena shows across the UK.

The highly-rated Moose Blood have been and gone, so it’s up to Neck Deep to really turn up the temperature in the First Direct Arena and they do just that. Yes, the shining light of UK pop-punk might pull most of their inspiration from their U.S. counterparts but you just know they wouldn’t be half as much fun as they are if they’d drawn influence from wet weekends in Wrexham instead of pissing off to the States for the party of their lives.

Speaking of parties, you can guarantee one when New Found Glory are in town and, as they showed at Slam Dunk twelve months ago, they’re one of the few bands who ensure that your party goes with a bang. With massive grins on their faces, the pop-punk legends are celebrating twenty years of bouncy, hooky, infectious tunes like the classic “My Friend’s Over You” that have this packed arena bouncing from the minute they hit the stage to the minute the house lights go up.

Florida rockers A Day To Remember bring their full armoury to the UK for this tour in support of their hit album Bad Vibrations. Exploding onto the stage amidst a blast of glitter, Jeremy Mckinnon and his bandmates are grinning from ear to ear as they bounce about the cavenous stage overlooking a sea of equally rabid fans.

From there on right through to the end of their set, security work overtime as kids fly over the barrier, the band working up the young audience into numerous circle pits but, if we’re being honest, this crowd doesn’t need working up. There is always an energy about the younger pop-punk crowd but, tonight, A Day To Remember and their fans took things to an extra level during the likes of “Paranoia” and “All Signs Point to Lauderdale” with the tremors being felt across the city as the Yorkshire pop-punk scene was given one hell of a night to remember.

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I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.