This ‘Don Broco’ review was written by Gavin Wells, a GIGsoup contributor
Glasgow was Don Broco’s last stop on their sell-out August tour, to promote the release of their latest album Automatic. Making the night even more special for them was finding out that they had just secured the number 6 spot on the UK top 40 album charts.
Kicking off the night were support band Light You Up from Birmingham. The Pop-Punk 5-piece had a bit of a slow start, failing to really capture the audience’s attention during the first two songs. It wasn’t until frontman, Tom Napier gave a speech about how much music means to him that the crowd started to get fired up. During the songs that followed, Napier managed to squeeze out some crowd participation. During an acoustic version of their new single, “You Are Waiting For a Train”, Napier requested that all of the stage lights be turned off so that fans could light up the room with their phones. From the look on his face, you could tell that he was having the time of his life and that he & the rest of the band were really giving it their all. The huge applause at the end of the song confirmed that Light You Up had won over the crowd. The band ended their set with the title track of their debut album, “All We’ve Ever Known”, but not before Napier could sneak in a quick crowd selfie.
During the interval, the already cramped venue somehow managed to squeeze in a few dozen more fans that had been waiting downstairs until then. The venue now at its full 300 capacity, the crowd was eager to get started.
From the moment that Don Broco took to the stage, you could feel the crowd’s energy about to burst, and there wasn’t a single person who’s feet didn’t leave the floor as the band opened their set with “Money Power Fame“. Not giving the audience any chance to recover from the chaos, Don Broco kicked straight into fan favourite, “Yeah Man“. Even at this early point in the show, Singer Rob Damiani already had the audience in the palm of his hand as they hung on every word he sang. Halfway through the song, Damiani managed to start up a call-and-response between himself and his fans.
Before jumping into their latest single, “Superlove“, Damiani took a moment to thank everyone that came out to see them, as well as everyone that had bought the new album and ultimately helped them reach the UK top 10. At this point, the crowd made up a call-and-response of their own, answering the question: “Is Rob Damiani really that fun?” with a resounding “YES!”
As the night went on, Don Broco made sure to keep the party going with a great balance of old and new songs. The Glasgow crowd in response kept giving every bit of energy it had left. There were mosh pits, crowd surfers and a whole lot of jumping as each song came and went. As it got later into the set, some seasoned fans started pointing out that they hadn’t played a game of “Crowd Badminton” yet; a Don Broco tradition. To the disappointment of the audience and even Don Broco themselves, Damiani announced that they hadn’t brought along the net or the bats for it. That didn’t stop the crowd from making a human net and pretending to play though, much to the delight of the band and surrounding fans that spectated.
With two songs left to go, Damiani thanked that audience once again for coming out and also took the time to thank support band Light You Up and their own merch crew, which included some of the band’s parents. Don Broco didn’t slow down even in these final moments of the show, closing the show with “You Wanna Know“. As the show ended, there was an uproar of applause. The band thanked the crowd one last time and encouraged fans to stick around and keep the party going, as they would be over at the merch table about 15 minutes after the show.
Don Broco proved themselves more than worthy of their recent success in the charts with the show at King Tut’s. In fact, a special mention for King Tut’s as it once again lived up to its reputation as one of the best small venues in the UK. Reflecting on the turnout as well as the rest of the tour, Don Broco could easily be considered as one of the most in-demand bands of their kind in the UK right now. As this tour comes to a close, it may well be the last time they play in a venue that small. And just to confirm, Rob Damiani really is that fun!