Live: JONAS BROTHERS // The SSE Arena, Wembley
“10 years ago we were in this room and I genuinely thought we wouldn’t come back. Thank you for believing in us.” A joyous return of one of the most successful pop rock acts of the noughties.
The taste of nostalgia lingers in the air as I enter The SSE Arena Wembley. It is a Monday night, yet the buzzing room could suggest otherwise. Sporting the Jonas Brothers T-Shirts galore, the lively crowd fills up the venue, making for quite a diversified gathering. On one side, there are groups of restless teens dragging their parents along, on the other, twenty-somethings accompanied by their mums and their best friends, all excited to see their high school idols after a decade-long break. The “Happiness Begins Tour” has arrived in London, and it is anything but sad.
Composed of two acts, including four interjacent video interludes, and a notable encore, the show is an impressive spectacle of the Jonas Brothers hits complemented by a dazzling stage production. Opening with a video introduction, ‘We Are the Jonas Brothers’, the clips of Joe, Kevin, and Nick start flickering on the screens as we watch the band descend onto the stage on an elevated platform. Bringing along a flashy display of pyro effects, the trio’s huge entrance triggers the audience in an instant.
Diving headfirst into Rollercoaster, the mellifluous notes of the song set a somewhat bittersweet tone. With the lyrics “Nights, flying down the 10, nearly 2 AM / Happiness begins”, it is impossible not to sway along to the nostalgia-inducing glorious tune. Speeding things up with their 2007 banger S.O.S., the party is now full on.
Marking their long-awaited return to the capital, the night feels truly heartwarming and awe-inspiring, filled with ecstatic cheers and loud sing-alongs that accompany every song. With their most recent album, Happiness Begins, released last year, Only Human and Strangers make the cut, alongside Jonas Brothers’ funk-esque upbeat new single What A Man Gotta Do. “10 years ago we were in this room and I genuinely thought we wouldn’t come back. Thank you for believing in us”, Kevin Jonas says halfway through the set, creating a truly emotional moment of the night.
Making their way down to the sound desk located in the back of the arena, the brothers continue to charm the audience as they proceed with an acoustic set. Bathed in the glow radiating from thousands of phone flash lights, Used To Be and Hesitate set a melancholic, gentle tone, only followed by the absolute hit Gotta Find You, making us all feel like we’ve been invited to Camp Rock 2020. Nick Jonas’ song Jealous and DNCE cover of Cake By The Ocean introduce a shift in the dynamics, delivering ultimate dance vibes.
With some of their biggest songs, such as When You Look Me In The Eyes, Hold On, Burnin’ Up, and a cover of Year 3000 by Busted, one can’t help but get immersed in the fantastic spectacle that we’ve been treated to tonight. The days of Disney kids may be long gone, but the music lives on. With years of experience under their belt, Jonas Brothers have grown into a band that’s on the course of realising their full potential. Taking us on a trip down memory lane, their live show has proven to be a testament to true musicianship, companionship and family bonds. For all the future editions of Camp Rock to come, count us in because we’re definitely going, and so should you.
Photos: Kasia Osowiecka