CONCERT REVIEW: A DAY TO REMEMBER ARE ON TOP OF THEIR GAME IN TILBURG



A Day To Remember were back in The Netherlands, which is always a cause for celebration. This time, the band stopped off in Tilburg's Poppodium 013, as they have many times throughout the years, in between of festival appearances. Not even two weeks ago, we saw the band perform in front of thousands at Rock Am Ring.

In 013, there weren't nearly as many people as at Rock Am Ring. While ADTR shows in 013 have been sold-out in the past, this time it was a bit less crowded as usual. The band did not care in the slightest, and it actually made for a very special show. I have never seen ADTR in such an 'intimate' setting and it might have been my favourite ADTR show so far. Visually, the show was as great as ever, truly what you've come to expect from an A Day To Remember. Cannons, confetti and the infamous toilet rolls being thrown in the audience while All Signs Point To Lauderdale was playing. Since the release of the collaborative Rescue Me, ADTR also added beach balls into the mix. But, additionally, the intimate setting truly made for something special to unfold. Jeremy McKinnon is a very charismatic frontman, always has been, but the special attention he had for individuals in the crowd was heart-melting. When he asked for people to get on the shoulders of their friends during Have Faith In Me, people happily obliged. Each and everyone of those on top of shoulders got special attention from McKinnon, after which the set kicked into higher gear with the heavy Last Chance To Dance (Bad Friend) from the band's most recent album You're Welcome.


The setlist is as you'd expect. A Day To Remember have so many iconic songs, which all got played tonight. If It Means A Lot To You, The Downfall Of Us All, All I Want and the more recent Paranoia and Mindreader. The list goes on and on. Before kicking off the encore, the band said that for a band that's been around for 20 years, 1 song as encore is just cheap. Therefore, A Day To Remember played a total of 3 songs. If It Means A Lot To You, Sometimes You're The Hammer, Sometimes You're The Nail and the show was brought home explosively with The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle.


The band have been together for 20 years, and as such, the expertise that runs within this band can definitely be heard. The musicians are less focusing on the music and more on entertaining the crowd. They're so comfortable on stage, that conversations with the crowd and amongst themselves felt very natural and McKinnon sung the best I have personally ever heard him.


An A Day To Remember show is always a party, but throughout the years, the quality (which doesn't define a show, but still counts) has not always been the best, but tonight truly was exceptional. It is amazing to see how this band still enjoys every minute on stage, with 20 years in, even if the ticket sales might have disappointed a little bit. The humility and charisma of these 4 musicians truly made for a day to remember (had to, sorry). My appreciation for A Day To Remember has always been huge, but it took on even newer heights because of tonight's show.





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