Arriving at O2 Victoria Warehouse in Manchester for the second of two sold-out shows to kick off Don Broco’s UK tour this was also a year to the day since the release of their album Technology. The warehouse was vast, and my first impression of this venue was it’s too cavernous to create a good atmosphere for a live show. I couldn’t have been more wrong with the 4,200 capacity who filled every space here dancing from front to back the entire evening, including on the balcony.
The set began with drummer Matt Donnelly silhouetted against an enormous circular LED screen, singing the opening to “Come Out To LA”. The set list continued to celebrate their latest album, moving in to “Pretty”, “Good Listener” and title track “Technology”. Away from the set list, the band lit up the arena with one hell of a colourful lighting rig with a design that, from a personal perspective, was one of the most creative I have photographed.
After one of the most energetic openings to a gig a Don Broco fan could have wanted, frontman Rob Damiani thanked the fans for making two, weekend sold-out shows possible and launched into the “Superlove” bathed in a peachy-purple glow with streams of fans who had been at the bar came running back into the room to witness this while the long set was backended
The long set ended with “Nerve” while latest single “Half Man Half God”, “Thug Workout” and “The T-Shirt Song” bringing this night to a glorious finale!
Come and have a “Thug Workout” with Don Broco: