All Time Low // SSE Hydro
Exactly a year and two days ago from this show, All Time Low lit up the Hydro on a co-headline arena tour with You Me At Six but this time they could take all the glory as the sole headliners. Alongside them were upcoming artists Against The Current, who were fresh off a World Tour of their own, and pop-punk greats Good Charlotte who were on their first tour in 5 years. The Glasgow show was the penultimate stop on the Back To The Future Hearts UK tour before they all finished off in Dublin, Ireland.
First up were Against the Current who recently played King Tuts Wah Wah Hut to just over 300 people… a bit of a down size to this 12,000 strong crowd. Not showing any signs of worry they blasted through the set with lead singer Chrissy Constanza stealing the show and keeping the crowd in the palm of her hand. This small trio certainly showed they were big contenders to perhaps one day fill the boots of All Time Low.
As the crowd grabbed a breather after the upbeat opening of Against The Current, one Glaswegian punter started off the world famous chant of “Here We, Here We” and instantly the crowd started the backing vocals. As the lights went out to indicate that it was time for the legends to arrive, the crowd grew louder and out came Good Charlotte. Diving straight into a classic “The Anthem”, Good Charlotte showed that even though they were gone they certainly hadn’t lost it. The Madden brothers taking centre stage with vocalist Joel bounding up the walkway they fire through a round of hits before Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat (both of All Time Low) leapt out from the side of the stage to help Good Charlotte blow the roof of with “Boys and Girls”.
With explosive sets from the support acts, the bar had been set very high before All Time Low had even reached the stage. Could they deliver in their arena debut? Hell yes. A show filled with pyrotechnics and bra wearing Barakat they showed just why the deserved to be on that stage. Within the first few songs the party had certainly started with flames, fireworks and bra’s flying through the air, All Time Low were here with a bang. With a long selection of classic tracks for all the Hustlers in the crowd alongside some of their latest anthems, the set-list was the perfect variation for this arena show. Halfway through the show, you couldn’t imagine the screams from the crowd could get any louder but as Joel Madden from Good Charlotte bounded up the walkway with Alex the noise certainly reached another level. As the two front men performed popular track “Bail me Out” the crowd performed the perfect backing vocals before Alex slowed things down completely with a moving rendition of “Therapy”, leaving The Hydro alight with lighters and mobile phones.
A few jokes here and there between the band and the crowd kept the spirits high as everyone paused to catch a breath. One lucky fan was brought up on stage by Jack before he attempted to propose but he just couldn’t get that one knee down. A quick phone call to her mum with Alex asking the questions there was an instant silence as the parent realised she was on loudspeaker to over 12,000 screaming fans. When things finally got back to the music All Time Low smashed into “Something’s Gotta Give” before finishing off with the ever popular “Dear Maria, Count Me In” which featured some guitar launching, crowd surfing, lasers and fireworks to finish this perfect arena show off in style.
It might have taken a while for All Time Low to reach this stature but they have certainly cemented themselves in this legendary status of leaders in the Pop Punk world, it certainly won’t be their last Arena tour that’s for sure.