Highlights of Gunnersville 2019
London’s Gunnersville rounds off the festival season with a pop punk summer party.
A new concert series, Gunnersville took over London’s Gunnersbury Park last weekend. With headlining performances from Doves on Friday and The Specials on Saturday, it was time for You Me At Six to close the event in style. Confirmed to play all their singles in chronological order during a two-hour set, there was no denying that their show would be one for the books.
A true landmark in the band’s career, Gunnerville brought together pop punk and rock music enthusiasts for a one-of-a-kind You Me At Six performance. From their debut single Save It For The Bedroom to their latest electro-infused What’s It Like, we were reminded of how long of a journey the band had gone through since day one. Jam-packed with all the hits, their set was a real treat, showing the power You Me At Six hold in the landscape of modern music. But before the band took to the stage, we were treated to a vibrant array of pop punk goodness.
As It Is are a tour-de-force when it comes to live performances. Holding nothing back, they always bring their all, making sure everybody in the audience is having the time of their life. Their most recent album, The Great Depression, was released last year, yet every song in the set packed a punch with new fire and unmatched intensity. From old school No Way Out to the reimagined, heavier version of The Question, The Answer, which saw the biggest circle pit on the day, and closing anthem The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry), As It Is never disappoint, proving that they are one of the best live acts on the scene right now.
With an unparalleled stage presence and irrepressible energy, The Maine are an absolute delight to experience live. Taking their aesthetic game to the next level, every song of the set was accompanied by an introduction displayed on massive screens in the form of a lyric or an artwork taken from the band’s catalogue. Sporting matching white suits, as they do, Arizona’s quintet delivered a performance that was filled with pure celebration and hope, the themes that lie at the core of their most recent, seventh studio album, You Are OK. New tracks Slip The Noose, Numb Without You, and My Best Habit were effortlessly intertwined with fan favourites Am I Pretty?, Bad Behavior, and Girls Do What They Want, the latter offering an opportunity for one lucky fan to join the band on stage. With a flair for entertaining the crowds, The Maine put their heart and soul into their shows, adding attention-grabbing visuals to the spectacle. 12 years and counting, and they have never stopped believing both in themselves and their fans. Continuing to spread the message ‘You Are OK’ across the world, we are here for them every step of the way.
As much as the bill served more than enough to satisfy thirst of any pop punk lover, it turned out that Jimmy Eat World are the only band that matters. With a catalogue of works that still grasp, impress, and resonate with the crowds, rock legends took the festival by storm. Spinning absolute hits, such as Futures, Work, and Bleed American, the feeling of nostalgia kicked in and we didn’t have to wait long until massive singalongs started to echo throughout. Treated to a live debut of their brand new song Criminal Energy, we were introduced to a heavier, more urgent sound of Jimmy Eat World. Adding another new tune Love Never, the song balanced out the set effortlessly, flowing with the band’s signature heartfelt melodies. Accompanied by Chris of You Me At Six, Hear You Me charmed with a stripped-back arrangement, creating a more tender moment of the evening, whilst the audience was swaying back and forth in time with the song. And of course, it wouldn’t have been a Jimmy Eat World show without Sweetness and The Middle, which you can never get bored of, if you ask me. With a lifetime’s worth of memories and stories written in their songs and an incomparable stage energy, Jimmy Eat World are the band for all generations. Hopefully, they will visit our shores again soon.
Offering a variety of music over the span of three days, Gunnersville’s debut edition was a perfect way to say goodbye to the summer. We can’t wait to see what they bring along next year.