SUPPORT ACTS are more important than we probably realise. They can draw in more fans, get the crowd hyped and in some cases make the headline band look even better by being so ‘bad.’
In this post, I look back at the support acts that were the most ‘stand-out’ over the past year.
CAN’T SWIM (W/ BOSTON MANOR)
Until Boston Manor announced them, I hadn’t heard of them. However, since getting down early to check them out I have been hooked. Massive anthems with roaring vocals surround the Americans.
CLEAN CUT KID (W/ COURTEENERS)
Without a doubt my favourite band of the past 12 months. Proper giddy band that are so grateful of everything going on. I was lucky enough to see the Liverpool band twice in as many nights.
VICKY SPEEDBOAT (W/ MODERN BASEBALL)
One of Sean Huber’s other bands so it made perfect sense for them to support Modern Baseball on their UK shows. Their Two Years No Basement EP from 2015 is my favourite discovery of this year.
BRAND NEW (W/ BIFFY CLYRO)
Curveball, ey? Big enough to be playing arenas themselves, but to see Brand New and Biffy Clyro for <£50 is ridiculous. The New York band chose a perfect setlist (for me personally) and I am so happy I have finally seen them live.
GNARWOLVES (W/ THE FRONT BOTTOMS)
I underestimated Gnarwolves – their set had fans singing along to every hit performed – a rare sight for a support band to get such a response. I have listened to these loads recently and always wish I had known more hits before I seen them.
COURTEENERS (W/ THE STONE ROSES)
Curveball pt. ii – for me, Courteeners were better than The Stone Roses at Etihad Stadium. More passion, more into it, more of an atmosphere. Liam Fray dressed in the slickest parka known to man blasting hit after hit? Yes please.
VANT (W/ YOU ME AT SIX)
Another one of my favourite discoveries of this year. Having interviewed Mattie from the band a few month before their shows with You Me At Six, I was super excited to catch them live. A talented bunch whose debut album is certain to be incredible.
LITTLE COMETS (W/CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN)
It is always a pleasure to see Little Comets, even more so when they are supporting Catfish and the Bottlemen. I was lucky enough to catch their set at Castlefield Bowl and Times Square – both were equally excellent. New album and tour in 2017 will be sick for sure!
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