Mayday Parade took to the stage at the O2 Institute in Birmingham to a packed crowd. Sailing through a 12 song set, the Florida emo pop band were the culmination of an evening of top quality pop punk. Opening act Beautiful Bodies took to the stage only 20 minutes after doors, so were playing to a less than perfect crowd in terms of size. Nonetheless, they smashed through a short set and singer Alicia even managed to get into the crowd to take a selfie with a fan on the barrier!
Next up were Maryland rockers Have Mercy who, I must admit, were a strange addition to the bill. The other three bands were what I’d consider to be upbeat, pop punk / emo bands. Have Mercy took the mood back down with their sombre tunes. Despite this, they were very good at what they do.
Maine support (sigh…) was The Maine, also from the USA. This is where, at least for me, I started seeing the skills and flare from a band who has been touring for the majority of their lives. The Maine did a great job at finishing what Beautiful Bodies and Have Mercy had started – warming the crowd up!
Mayday Parade need no introductions. Their ability to play upbeat songs like Oh Well, Oh Well straight after the crowd pleasing, mellow tune Terrible Things is a testament to their stage abilities and the ability they possess to inspire a crowd. I will admit that even I was singing to Terrible Things – I have no shame whatsoever!