Live Review: All Time Low at O2 Academy, Leeds. 7/3/11.

All Time Low, Young Guns
O2 Academy, Leeds.
7th March 2011, 7pm.

Kicking off the night was High Wycombe quintet, Young Guns. Playing a short set that included most of the singles from first album ‘All Our Kings Are Dead’. Opening with ‘Crystal Clear’ got the crowd moving and by the time new single ‘Stitches’, ’Winter Kiss’ and ‘Weight of the World’ were aired it seemed the crowd were well and truly on Young Guns side. Described as one of the best live bands in the UK at the moment after a performance like that, it’s clear that the band left the stage having earned more fans to add to their ever growing fan base.

The lights dimmed and instantly cheers filled Leeds Academy’s main room as All Time Low took to the stage. The band played a range of songs from all their 3 current albums and the new album to be released later this year. Songs such as ‘Damned If I Do Ya, Damned If I Don’t’ and ‘Poppin’ Champagne’ went down a treat with the crowd who were hooked on ATL’s catchy pop-punk anthems. Lead singer Alex Gaskarth and guitarist Jack Barakat kept the crowd’s attention between songs with childish banter as bras and other clothing items were thrown from the crowd mainly made up of 14 and 15 years olds. ‘Lost In Stereo’ was a highlight of the set and their cover of Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ was greeted with cheers. Although, it was last song ‘Remembering Sunday’ that received a massive sing a long from the crowd as Gaskarth sang alone on stage with only his acoustic guitar for company. After ending on a rather sombre note, the Maryland quartet bounded back onstage for two more songs. Arguably two of the band’s most successful songs ‘Weightless’ and ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’ were the closers and with that the band left the stage to a deafening level of screams and cheers.

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