Photos and Review by Tatiana Whybrow
February 26, 2022
O2 Academy Bristol
After two years of postponements and a venue change from the much-loved Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Neck Deep finally managed to conclude their UK tour at their final night in Bristol late last week.
This particular Saturday night was unlike any other, as this pop-punk five-piece hit the stage with an abundance of energy for one of their newer tracks ‘Sonderland.’ This high-energy jumping, spinning, leaping into the crowd and bundling across the stage was not once lost in their impressive seventeen song setlist, although more impactful tracks like ‘A Part Of Me’ and ‘When You Know’ saw this energy transported more towards encouraging the crowd’s loud and brazen chanting along as they proudly knew every single word. Not to mention, the entire set encompassed tracks from older EPs like ‘Rain in July’, alongside singles from their well-known albums ‘Life’s Not Out To Get You’, ‘The Peace and The Panic’ and ’Sonderland’ that made for a completely flawless set sure to please both the newer and older audiences.
With plentiful free shirts thrown into the crowd - although not for winning the dance competition - the crowd continuously went wild for both the next obtainable merch as well as the band throughout the whole night. It’s without a doubt that this sold out evening at the O2 Academy Bristol was packed to the brim, and for good reason, as they closed off the evening thanking the touring crew, bands, fans and everyone in-between for their work alongside speaking of the upcoming 10 year anniversary of Neck Deep on the whole. It’s hard to believe this staple group has only been on the scene for just over a decade now, but if they continue with such impressive performances and albums it’s almost a certainty their future tours will be seeing many more faces in the crowds.