State Champs Concert!

It’s actually been ages since the last time I went to a concert (last October when I went to see Neck Deep!) so I was really hyped to be going to see State Champs yesterday! I think, overall, Neck Deep and State Champs are probably my favourite bands so I feel really lucky that I’ve now been able to see them both in concert!

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Stand Atlantic!

Supporting State Champs were Woes, Stand Atlantic and Seaway. I’d seen Woes previously supporting Neck Deep and they seem really cool, though I feel like I need to give their music more of a listen. Stand Atlantic I started listening to a few weeks before the concert and I love them! Most of the bands I follow are male-fronted so it’s nice to have a female singer take the stage for a change, especially since there is a particular stereotype in pop-punk genre that it’s predominately men. They performed all the songs I particularly liked of theirs which I was pleased about, including Chemicals, Coffee at Midnight, Lost my Cool, etc. Afterwards, Seaway performed, and I hadn’t really listened to their music properly so it was slightly harder to get into. By this point I was also saving my energy for State Champs, considering I’d already been there for 3 hours.

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State Champs!

And of course, State Champs eventually came on stage and it was so damn amazing! They started off with Criminals which was such a great start because it’s one of my favourite songs from their album Living Proof, as well as Crystal Ball (which they played later on). As much as I love their recent album, I thought it was cool that they performed a variety of songs across all three of their albums. They also picked all of my favourites so I was really happy about that!

At the end of the show, they did an encore of course. Everyone was waiting for them to play Elevated, including me, so when they came back on stage to play that everyone was hyped! They also performed Secrets after this too! The venue was pretty small and there weren’t too many people which in a way was quite nice because I managed to get a great view near the front! There was actually space to jump about and also avoid the mosh pit (although there was a guy on someone’s shoulders who almost fell on me, but I survived).

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State Champs again!

Overall, it was such a good night and State Champs were honestly so amazing live! It’s hard to describe the feeling of finally seeing a band perform in person because I’m jumping about and singing the lyrics and it just means so much to me I feel like crying, but in the best way possible. It’s just such a great feeling sharing your love of music with a whole crowd of people, and I would definitely go and see State Champs again for these reasons! In the mean time, I’ll be watching back the videos and pretending I’m still there.

Have you seen your favourite band live? What did it feel like?

Neck Deep Concert!

So last night I went to see Neck Deep in concert!! To give you context, I found out they were playing at my uni before I had even arrived, but I had to get tickets because I’ve never seen them live before and they’re one of my favourite bands (if not my favourite). The thing about concerts is it’s such an ‘in the moment’ thing and despite wanting to enjoy it at the time, I also like to look back on things. So I’ve decided to write a blog post to remind me of everything that happened that I haven’t necessarily captured on camera.

First, going to the concert involved dragging one of my friends along because unfortunately I don’t actually know anyone who likes the band. But thank you to Life of an Introvert for going with me even though it’s not your kind of music, like I genuinely really appreciate it!

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Signings, badge and wristband!

We turned up at the venue at around 5ish because as part of my early birthday present I got tickets for the pre-show exclusives. This meant eating really early and then trying to put on “soundcheck club” wristbands which took me way longer than it should have done. We also got given these badges as well which I wasn’t expecting at all! After waiting for a bit with around 20-30 other people, we then went into the venue and got to listen to the soundcheck! It was really weird there being such few people but it was really relaxed and then a few people asked some questions. Afterwards we got a chance to get something signed from the band and then a photo with them which was really cool!

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Soundcheck!

We then had to wait around for a bit before the actual show and I was slightly freezing but hey. Eventually we got to go inside and we got a place right at the front left which was cool. The first support act was a band called Woes who I’ve never listened to before but they were actually really good and I’ll definitely be checking out their music. Then Real Friends and As It Is performed who are two bands I love so I was hyped that they were chosen to perform at the same concert!

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Main show!

Before Neck Deep came on to perform, a white curtain was put across the stage whilst they set it up which was a bit mysterious but then the excitement kicked in when you could hear them coming onto the stage and the lights started flashing frantically. A concert in general is quite a hard thing to describe because you have to be there to really feel it, but it was so good being around a load of people who love the same music as you and just jumping and singing along with everyone. At one point it got a bit wild and a load of us fell into a pile and I literally almost got trampled on, but apart from that it was all good and I survived! And they played a variety of songs from all of their albums so there was a good mixture, including my favourites of the new album: Motion Sickness, Don’t Wait and The Grand Delusion. I don’t remember exactly what happened but at one point someone threw Maoam’s at the stage and then either Ben or Fil (wow my memory is so bad) threw back the apple ones because they didn’t like them apparently.

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Confetti!

As you get at most concerts, there was then an encore at the end. There were flashing signs at the centre stage saying “Fuck Neck Deep” whilst the band were offstage and the crowd started shouting it – apparently we were the only ones so far to do that on the tour which was kind of surprising. They then, of course, returned for the final two songs! It ended with confetti thrown from the ceiling and I’m glad I got a photo of this because it looks really cool!

Overall, I had such a great night and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever be at a concert that good again, seeing as 3 of my favourite bands were there! Due to being near the front, I am slightly deaf but hopefully that’ll die down (without me going with it) and I can listen back to all the videos properly.

Have any of you been to a concert recently? How was it?