Kerrang Tour Review

Last Monday, the Kerrang Tour came to Newcastle. The line-up featured four bands: Biters, ROAM, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, and headliners Sum 41.

After mediocre performances from Biters and ROAM, Frank Carter shocked the night to life. The music was heavy and the Frank’s performance was relentless. During ‘Juggernaughts’, he began to crowdsurf, until two songs later he finished on the opposite side of the room. He walked back into the middle and asked the crowd to sit down, which they did, while he sang a slower song ‘Beautiful Death.’ Afterwards, Frank sprang back into action, organising the biggest moshpit ever seen in the venue, and finished the set with a few heavier songs.

Sum 41 followed, led by an ill Deryck Whibley. However, his illness didn’t detract from the performance – only for one song where he had to get someone else to sing for him. It felt like a time warp with Sum 41 playing all of their old hits and a variety of other favourites in between. These included Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’, The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’, and Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’. Between the songs Deryck cracked jokes and notably renamed ‘Sick of Everyone’ to ‘Sick of Donald Trump’ and changed the chorus accordingly.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes was a hard act to follow, almost stealing the show with their live performance, but the nostalgia of Sum 41 won the crowd over. Punk is back, and Sum 41 have dragged it into 2016.