ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED TRACIE TEE
Download Festival doesn’t just stop in Melbourne- Queenslanders got to share in the love through the Download Sideshow held at Brisbane’s Riverstage on Wednesday night. Good Charlotte headlined the show with Aussies Chase Atlantic, Americans Issues and Falling In Reverse as well as Welsh band Neck Deep also playing the gig. The iconic GC logo filled the stage’s backdrop.
The Riverstage is a fantastic venue for such a show- its hill slopes in towards the stage making a semi natural seating with easy viewing. Half the crowd chose to sit on the hill, chilling picnic style while the other half ready to rock, flooded the stage front and sides; moshpitting. Chase Atlantic played first up and Issues followed, warming up for the night to come.
Falling In Reverse was the third cab off the ranks, definitely popular with the moshpitters chanting “Falling” repeatedly. Their banner dropped down over the GC logo, wicked guitar riffs announcing their arrival. They played hits such as Alone and Losing My Mind with the audience singing along, hands bouncing in sync. Their set was full of energy and angst, prompting the chant of “one more!” as the set started reaching its end. Lead singer Ronnie Radke in response, asked the audience to raise their hand “if you or anyone you know are an asshole?” Of course, the majority raised their hands, heading into their final song, Just Like You with great delight from screaming fans jumping around.
The stage then changed over banners to Neck Deep’s art during a fifteen minute intermission giving attendees a chance to get food and drinks. When it hit Neck Deep’s performance time, a countdown lead into deep rumbling audio with piercing guitar riffs. The band opened with Happy Judgement Day, playing songs from The Peace and the Panic and Life’s Not Out To Get You albums for their set. Lead singer, Ben Barlow shared with the audience that “touring with Good Charlotte was something on the bucket list” and “without Good Charlotte, bands like us wouldn’t exist.” They bowed out for the final number Where Do We Go When We Go with the lights flashing down and fading out emulating rain apt for the song’s lyrics.
Noticeably, more people arrived through the gates towards the end of Neck Deep’s set and in the break that followed– they only came for one band. A great deal of those picnicking, packed up their gear, were up standing; moving closer to the stage. The tour shirts were everywhere. Their five year break clearly didn’t hurt their fandom.
The stage went black, everyone screamed. Rumbling audio with sirens and helicopter sounds panning across the speakers. Good Charlotte ran on to the excitement of everyone, opening with The Anthem. As they played, those on the hill kept moving in, dancing and singing along. Theatrical smoke pumped in streams across the stage front. This band was out to put on a truly sick show. Hands were up in the air, bouncing madly. Lead singer, Joel Madden spoke to the audience, saying tonight was special to the band as it was nostalgic to be back in Brisbane. As they continued to play earlier hits, Joel dedicated the song, Riot Girl to all the girls out there and spoke about his daughter, hoping that “she will express herself without sexism, without discrimination.”
The band went on to play a newer hit, Life Changes from their recent album, Youth Authority with Joel speaking about getting back up from tough times and that at the start of the band’s life, it was tough for them. Never once did the audience stop singing along throughout the set. This was as the Madden Brothers proclaimed, “a house party in a really big backyard.” They spoke about their humble beginnings and how times were tough in their small home town. They spoke about their success and that “all the statistics said we should have ended up a lot differently than today, so every time we’re up on stage we’re grateful for you guys.” There was great level of sincerity in those words. This is a band happy and appreciative of where they are in life. To that end, they continued with Motivation Proclamation. Then there was a new chant continuing amongst the moshpitters- “Do it”.
Good Charlotte then got into Keep Your Hands Off My Girl and Makeshift Love, Joel confessing that the brothers didn’t get a lot of hugs when they were younger and now fans’ mothers and grandmothers hug them, also mentioning that the Brothers’ mom and grandma were also with them tonight on the tour; telling the fans to appreciate their moms and grandmas. The “Do it” chant continued to persist. Clearly they hadn’t done what the “Do it” was.
Joel continued along the nostalgia line by talking about how the band had struggled getting their first song on the radio. The first place in the world that played any Good Charlotte, was Brisbane, Australia- this lead them into performing Little Things. The hit songs got bigger and bigger, with numbers like Misery and The Young and The Hopeless. They then had a false start mixing up the cues for Dance Floor Anthem and Last Night, however handled this jokingly and played both songs. That “Do It” chant still persisted.
The gig was reaching its climax with mega hit I Just Wanna Live, the crowd singing louder and louder, responding to Joel’s every vocal challenge. The chant still didn’t die down and when you start working out which song hasn’t been done yet- what they were asking for became obvious. They broke into their break out hit, Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous– suddenly those chanters, broke into screaming praise! During a break in the song, they thanked the staff and shouted out their fellow touring bands, ending with streaming theatrical smoke and pyrotechnics putting the “live” in live show. Fans coming away from this show, satisfied was an understatement. Good Charlotte came to rock the “house party” and rocked it they did!
Review Contributed by Sarah Minazzo
With a line-up as big as this, you’d expect the Hordern Pavilion to be packed! But being a Monday, it wasn’t quiet, which left the audience with just enough space to dance and jump around, but, also only bringing out the fans who were willing to risk the Tuesday morning to follow.
Kicking off the bill was Chase Atlantic, the only Australian band on this five-band line up. Warming up the crowd with their hip hop beats and pop-rock sound the night kicked off with a fun vibe. Issues followed with a set-list seemingly made for singalongs, preparing the crowd for what was to follow. The crowd moved to the unique sounds of the band’s mash up of metal-core and pop tunes.
Falling in Reverse walked on stage to a screaming crowd. The intensity of the band was felt throughout the venue as each member of the five piece greeted the audience. It became clear the band has a strong fan base as much of the crowd chanted the words back to them. With an energetic stage presence and big vocals, Ronnie Radke captivated the audience. If you took a look around, all eyes were on stage, some with adoration and some with a slight sense of shock in their eyes whether it be at the intriguing lyrics or exciting performance. Definitely an experience for all!
The Hordern began to fill up. With people leaving their seats to fill the floor, more fans arriving and everyone clearly getting excited. Neck Deep, came out full of energy and ready to go. Kicking off the set with ‘Happy Judgement Day’, it was an instant frenzy of pop-punk dance moves and screaming the lyrics as loud as you could. Following with ‘Gold Steps’ and ‘Motion Sickness,’ it was as if Neck Deep was the headliner band that everyone had been anticipating all night. The longer intro of ‘Don’t Wait’ had the crowd clapping in time. Lead singer Ben Barlow kept the energy and the vibe flowing, “we’ve only got thirty minutes” he announced before kicking into the next song – ‘In Bloom’ – if everyone wasn’t singing already, they certainly were now. Crowd surfers, flowed and crashed over the barrier. ‘Can’t Kick Up the Roots’ saw the first circle pit of the night, as instructed by the band, with the quick, fun drums and guitars which saw the room erupt with movement as the whole crowd seemed to join in. Chanting ‘one more song’ before they even knew the next song was the last one, the intro to ‘Where Do We Go When We Go’ began but over the chanting, you could barely hear the track. Then the hard-hitting drums rang in and Dani Washington gave his all for the bands final song. The crowd gave just as much back but much to their disappointment, Neck Deep’s set was over and we said farewell to the U.K pop-punkers.
The night wasn’t even close to over. Linkin Park’s ‘In the End’ came through the audio system, maybe as tribute to Chester Bennington but definitely a great intro track and it wasn’t a long wait before Good Charlotte greeted their eagerly awaiting audience. Kicking the eighteen-track set list off with their biggest hit ‘The Anthem’ the room was instantly allured. For the first time all night the Hordern felt full and the crowd seemed to give everything they had for the rest of the night. Next up was ‘Story of My Old Man’ and ‘Bloody Valentine’ both from the same album, but, the set list wasn’t limited. With a mixture of songs from across the twenty-two-year span of the band, it’d be easy to assume all fans left happy. ‘Girls & Boys’ and ‘Riot Girl’ were clear crowd favourites, with many fans finding some shoulders to sit on or crowd surfing their way to the front. These songs also had the crowd dancing and jumping around, before following into the changing tempo of ‘Life Changes’ hailing from the newest album ‘Youth Authority.’
The lighting and special effects held the attention almost as much as the on-stage banter between brothers Benji and Joel Madden which they shared with the crowd. “We’re Australian part time” announced Joel with a laugh, sharing with the crowd that he lives right here in Sydney (sometimes). Stating that he hates Melbourne with a ‘boo’ retaliation from the crowd and then being honest by following with “I said the same thing last night in Melbourne about Sydney.” ‘Predictable’ a number one hit had the older fans chanting the spoken words from the song, while ‘The Motivation Proclamation’ provoked a change in emotions from many fans around the room, slowing everything down. ‘Keep Your Hands Off My Girl’ ramped up the atmosphere again and had many bouncing on their feet and in their seats before ‘Makeshift Love’ let drummer, Dean Butterworth show off his skills from the newest album.
It was a trip back to the beginning of the millennium as ‘Little Things’ began to play, with its groovy guitar riffs which saw Bill Martin smiling into the crowd. The angsty tune of ‘The Young and The Hopeless’ saw fists punch the air and the older fans seem to reminisce on the days when they didn’t care about going out on a Monday night. Earlier in the night the crowd had been asked if it was their first time seeing Good Charlotte – from the response it seemed like it was for the majority. So, for the rest of the night it was referred to as a “first date” with the band. However, the night was coming to an end but it was definitely not just going to fizzle out. ‘Misery’ had the crowd dancing around again and harmonizing to the woah oh’s. Then, following in album order ‘The River’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Be In Love (Dance Floor Anthem)’ was up next from the 2008 album ‘Good Morning Revival’ with a cheer erupting from the crowd as each song began and ‘Last Night’ seemed to almost be rounding out the night as the only song from 2010 album ’Cardiology.’
What was left to play, except two of the biggest pop-punk sing-a-along. The iconic intro to ‘I Just Wanna Live’ began and somehow the crowd still had energy. The room was ecstatic, with everyone up off their feet bouncing to the well-known song. “We don’t do that encore shit” announced Joel Madden “this is your encore” and right on que the quick drums of ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ began, as if there could be a person left in the room without at least knowing the chorus. It was almost as if the band didn’t even need to play, with audience members acting out different instruments and parts of the song. The special effects had their final moments, with steam canons and pyro techniques blasting out from the stage, with one fan saying ‘I wish there was confetti’ as she departed the venue. The band fare welled the audience with big waves and the toss of some drum sticks.
All in all, this Download sideshow was a huge success. With a five-band line-up, not something often done in Australia, the show seemed to run smoothly with only set times seemingly a problem. Download has now announced its return in 2019 to Melbourne, while adding Sydney to its list of locations! Who do you want to see on next year’s lineup?
Review Contributed by Carleigh Ingram
FALLING IN REVERSE
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED CARLEIGH INGRAM
ALL TIME LOW will be bringing along NECK DEEP and THE MAINE in a massive triple-head extravaganza, when they play their biggest ever Australian shows!
Casper had a chat with Ben Barlow about what to expect and what you might find in Westies Beard.
ALL TIME LOW REVEAL BIGGEST EVER
AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE DATES
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS NECK DEEP AND THE MAINE ON ALL DATES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pop punk perfection… that’s ALL TIME LOW in a nutshell!
Not many bands can lay claim to consistently selling out shows whenever they tour Australia, but ALL TIME LOW can proudly wear that badge. They’ve repeatedly topped the charts, sold over 1.5 million albums worldwide, chalked up 100+ million views on YouTube, have 5+ million social media followers, and have sold out London’s Wembley Arena. They are a bona fide worldwide sensation and they’re kicking off a whole new chapter in 2017.
With well-earned recognition for their success, ALL TIME LOW have won two AP Awards and two Kerrang! Awards, landed the title of Best Pop Punk Band at the Top In Rock Awards, and were named Band of the Year by Alternative Press Magazine. There is already massive buzz around the anticipated brand new album due out later this year, so it is with absolute sheer pleasure that we can announce ALL TIME LOW will be touring Australia in May 2017, for six epic headline dates!
This isn’t just any ordinary tour either… ALL TIME LOW will be bringing along NECK DEEP and THE MAINE in a massive triple-head extravaganza, when they play their biggest ever Australian shows!
NECK DEEP offers a blistering modern take on pop punk’s glory days; they were nominated by Alternative Press Magazine as a 2015 Breakthrough Band, and took out the 2014 Kerrang! Award for Best British Newcomer. In August of 2015, the band released their critically acclaimed sophomore album Life’s Not Out To Get You. Kerrang! Magazine has heralded the band as a “future classic”, with Renowned For Sound exclaiming, “they have delivered an absolutely stunning piece of music that is ultimately a Punk-Pop Masterwork full of supreme bangers, which are more than likely going to become your life anthems.”
THE MAINE are Arizona’s alternative pop punk darlings, and aren’t afraid to redefine their sound as they continue to push musical boundaries. Their new album, Lovely, Little, Lonely, will be released in April and if the new single ‘Bad Behaviour’ is anything to go by, this will be another instant classic. As Alternative Press notes, “The Maine sound like a band who’ve finally found their happy place”.
ALL TIME LOW have succeeded where so many have failed; in bringing back the glory days of pop punk. Tickets go on sale Thursday 2 February at 9am local time. With a string of sold out signs being prepared as we speak, you have been warned, so get in early to nab your tickets!
TICKETS ON SALE 9AM LOCAL TIME, THURSDAY 2ND FEBRUARY
ALL TIME LOW | 2017 TOUR DATES
With Special Guests Neck Deep and The Maine
Presented by Destroy All Lines, Chugg Entertainment & Hysteria
Wednesday 10th May – Powerstation (Licensed All Ages)
Saturday 13th May – Hordern Pavilion (Licensed All Ages)
ticketek.com.au or 132 849
Sunday 14th May – Festival Hall (Licensed All Ages)
ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100
Tuesday 16th May – Thebarton Theatre (Licensed All Ages)
ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100
Thursday 18th May – Metropolis (18+)
oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545
Friday 19th May – Metropolis (Under 18)
oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545