Live: ALL TIME LOW // O2 Academy Brixton, London
The kings of feel-good vibes and teenage anthems, All Time Low blessed the Brixton crowd with a timeless and rejuvenating show.
As live shows start to claim their rightful place at the top of the Londoner’s night time entertainment scene, we can’t help but get excited about finding our next ‘best show I’ve seen in years’. And given the massive arena shows All Time Low used to pull before the pandemic, their two shows in Brixton are strong contestants for the title.
All Time Low hit the stage with guitars blazing and showered the room with confetti from the first minutes, unleashing the candid, feel-good, teenage party vibes we didn’t know we missed so much. They played like they were born and raised on that stage, effortlessly engaging the crowd with witty, funny and casual chit-chat (‘what did you guys eat today?’), like we’ve all been friends since the beginning of time. Throughout the show, the band also casually dropped confessions of having a great time as well as of their love for London and the special place it holds in their heart. Turns out the crowd here is more energetic than the American one (yey!), they filmed their first UK video for Dirty Laundry and it’s now the first place they’ve travelled and toured to after the pandemic.
Their setlist was more than varied and unexpected as they jumped all over their back catalogue, disregarded any timeline in pursuit of the best party-worthy playlist which included Sleeping In, Weightless, Once In A Lifetime, Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t) and Backseat Serenade. It is fair to say they succeeded as there wasn’t a song when the crowd stayed silent or showed boredom. Of course, they also added a couple of lovely heart-to-heart moments with acoustic versions of Missing You and Glitter & Crimson. The encore sent everyone home with a smile on their faces, confetti in their hair and humming to Monster and Dear Maria, Count Me In all the way to the underground station.
We can only hope the second show matched this one and needless to say, we’re already eager to see them live again.
Photos: Adriana Vasile