P Posted by Sandra on June 18 2013 0 Comments Dougie Poynter, McFLY, News

Pop punk foursome McFly stormed the Live at Kingsholm stage with a 90-minute set packed full of hits from its 10-year career – plus an impromptu homage to the Divine Burger van.

Launching the first of two huge Live at Kingsholm summer concerts on Thursday 13 June 2013, pop pin-ups McFly brought a festival vibe to the home of the Gloucester Rugby team, with dedicated fans camping out overnight, that Divine Burger smell wafting through the air and floral dresses out in force.

And after the drizzly day we’d had in Gloucester, it was only right the sun came out smack bang on cue, shining gloriously over the stadium and dazzling almost 6,000 revellers – to match the evening’s music ahead.

While the boys admitted they were feeling a little rusty, since this was their first show after a sell-out 10-year anniversary tour, you’d never have guessed. With a decade of performing at the biggest venues and festivals across the globe under their belts, they were perfectly polished and just as energetic as they were in their teens.

Opening act The Struts got the crowd riled up with its Rolling Stones-esque brand of old school rock ‘n’ roll, before newest boyband on the block, The Vamps, proved why it’s one to watch in 2013.
Despite a few squeaky guitar problems at the start, the fresh-faced foursome had girls in the audience lapping up covers of One Direction’s ‘Little Things’ and Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Cecilia’, not to mention world premieres of original tracks ‘Can We Dance’ and ‘Golden’.

But of course, we were all here for Tom, Danny, Dougie and Harry, and as soon as a hint of their matching waistcoats appeared from the side of the bulb-lit diner-style stage, we feared for our eardrums and were thankful we weren’t right up front in the crush of hardened fans all reaching out towards the four cheeky chappies.

Kicking off with crowd pleasers ‘Star Girl’ and ‘5 Colours in Her Hair’, everyone in the crowd, from dancing little ones to starry-eyed teens, accompanying parents and even the SoGlos team, sang along with beaming smiles, before the boys launched into ‘Room on the Third Floor’ and proceeded to jam on the floor with Alan ‘the sexy saxophonist’.

While Tom warned the crowd he had gas after a curry-meatball combo dinner, Dougie screeched about having ‘a bitchingly good time!’ and proceeded to regale us with the tale of how Tom and Danny wrote ‘Obviously’ during several cosy Jacuzzi sessions – in his best hillbilly American accent, no less.

In true pop punk style, the foursome jumped in unison with the crowd to ‘Lies’, with impressive drum and bass solos coming from Harry and Dougie, before rattling through hit after hit, including ‘Shine a Light’, ‘Heart Never Lies’ and ‘All About You’.

Covers of ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘Superstition’ and ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ also went down a treat – as did the impromptu theme song for the Divine Burger van – but the stand-out track of the night was undoubtedly ‘Not Alone’, which Danny and Tom spontaneously performed after a raucous encore.

A high-energy 90-minute set left fans with tears streaming down their faces and no doubt plenty of sore throats to soothe over the weekend, but for the pop punk kings, this was another chance to prove that after 10 years on stage, and numerous film and television appearances along the way, they’re still at the top of their game.

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