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A Day To Remember – Cardiff 26.8.14 | Live Review

Hit The Floor caught up with A Day To Remember at their resceduled Cardiff show. Find out what happened right here!

Pop-punk beatdown merchants, A Day To Remember took Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena by storm last week, staying true to their promise after their last performance at the venue had to be cancelled. Vocalist Jeremy McKinnon fell ill with a bacterial throat infection back in February of this year, leaving eager fans disappointed but the band were back and on top form, teaming up with Lonely The Brave, Letlive and Architects to give one almighty performance. Here’s what happened:

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ADTR 2 copyPost-hardcore giants Letlive were a treat for both the eyes and the ears with a jaw-dropping set, lasting not much longer than half an hour but a half an hour well spent. The band gave stellar performances of tracks from their latest album ‘The Blackest Beautiful’ and frontman Jason Butler pushed the boundaries of the stage by launching himself into the crowd, trailing his microphone wire around the stunned audience and losing his shit in small circles around the floor. A sincere and energetic display of just why Letlive appeal to so many, their unique and humbling attitude towards what they do is refreshing but when it comes down to it they can rock a stage from wall to wall.

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Brighton’s very own Architects were up next, storming onto the stage with thanks and appraisal for the bands that have played before them. The small talk fizzles out and the band launch head first into a flawless rendition of ‘Gravedigger,’ one of our personal favourites from the album ‘Lost Forever, Lost Together.’ The audience go insane as guitarist Alex Dean and Bassist Tom Searle shred through songs such as ‘Broken Cross’ and the ‘Devil Is Near,’ as well as a few cheeky numbers from the infamous album ‘Hollow Crown.’ Striking a resounding chord with everybody, the boys ended on ‘These Colours Don’t Run.’ The only disappointing thing about this performance was not the band but the lifeless audience, apart from a handful of pit warriors of course, that opened up walls of death and circle pits before the next song had even been played.

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Finally, after a long six month wait, A Day To Remember don’t mess about and throw a very excited audience into a sea of confetti and the ultimate anthemic opening of ‘Downfall Of Us All.’ 

‘2nd Sucks,’ ‘Right Back At It Again,’ ‘City Of Ocala’ and our personal favourite ‘Violence (Enough Is Enough)’ were amongst just a few of the gems that were blasted across the packed auditorium and over the heads of a few thousand fans. We were also treated to a premier performance of ‘Best Of Me’ from album ‘Common Courtesy.’ The band rehearsed the song especially for the rescheduled show and truly did it justice. The security team at shows like this must be prepared for just about anything, however when frontman Jeremy McKinnon announced that he wanted to see the crowd surfing, as in literally surfing on each other, you could see the faces of the men fall to the floor, even from the back of the room, but what a sight it was to see only a handful of successful surfers stand tall on the belly’s of their fellow mosh pitters.

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Nothing says metal like a beach ball fight as the boys head into the track ‘Dead And Buried,’ followed by the infamous single ‘Homesick,’ which saw McKinnon engulf himself inside of a Zorb ball and go for a stroll into the audience, which is now becomin a staple part of their set. Slowing things right down, a rendition of ‘End Of Me’ had the room at a stand-still as phones lit up to create of sea of

With this being our reviewers first time seeing A Day To Remember, she was beyond impressed with the seemless and pitch perfect performance delivered by the band and the party atmosphere that came with it. As the night came to a close, an unsettling feeling of wanting more out of the night began to loom over our head, until ‘It’s Complicated,’ and ‘All I Want’ came bellowing from the stage. Now, we’re done.

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