Live at Leeds Festival 2012 on Sunday, 26th August 2012
A day of rest was far from what I had on the agenda on this soggy Sunday morning. Nonetheless, the weather wasn't going to bother me. I arrived at Bramham Park and headed towards the Festival Republic stage to see my first band of the day.
Having heard so much about them, I decided to check out alternative rock band Don Broco.
Sweeping my surroundings, the tent was surprisingly packed out. Maybe they lived up to all the hype?
The Bedford four-piece entered the stage individually, receiving roars of admiration from the mob that surrounded them below. The band as a whole, were quite the catch.
I really didn't know what to expect in terms of the music they were about to play. Nonetheless, they opened with their first song and I put it down to catchy, melodic rock. The distinctive vocals of Rob Damiani sound a lot like that of Brendan Urie's from Panic at the Disco, combined with the band as a whole having the pop punk resonance of Fall Out Boy. It brought joy to 17 year old me.
The set included album titled 'Priorities' and fan favourite 'Beautiful Morning'. Everyone sang along, passion for the band radiating through, until eventually a circle pit formed and got the majority into frenzy.
These guys are tipped for great things. They undeniably put the 'bro' in Broco.
I have become quite attached to punk 'n' roll five-piece from Kent, HildaMay. Having seen them live once before, they are definitely growing in terms of fan base and confidence.
The band, who encircled the BBC Introducing stage ahead of Max Raptor have been touring alongside them recently. They gave a gruff and powerful performance. Chanted vocal melodies and the energetic boldness of front man Tim Lawrence's lyrics, had the crowd going wild. Fists were pumping and heads were banging; reinforced by the strength of a live setting.
HildaMay have rapidly become one of the UK's scorching DIY talents and are set for greater things to come.