LIVE: Ourzone Tour @ Manchester Academy 9/9/2014 ★★★★☆

OurzoneRenowned for bringing new talent onto the scene, Ourzone Magazine’s 2014 tour made its presence at Manchester Academy 3 and blew all expectations out of the water and into another stratosphere.

Opening up with newcomers to the scene, Homebound, they made the stage their own with their set of pop-punk goodness along with a killer cover of Alien Ant Farm‘s Movies; it really was something really special. A real old school pop-punk vibe and performed with such ease, for such a new band, it was extremely exciting and definitely became a quick crowd favourite.

Next to grace the stage was the heavier rock sound of 48 Hours; full of extreme energy packed with a killer punch of fury, these guys really had a Breaking Benjamin vibe about them. Their song Scars really got the crowd going with their guitar heavy, ear drum crashing drums and gravelly, unique vocals that any band would kill for.

Female lead pop rockers Underline The Sky really brought something fresh to the genre that seems to be dominated by male fronted bands. Lead singer Bronwyn really showed the crowd why female vocalists are something to be reckoned with; with her incredible range, only comparable to the incredible Hayley Williams, it was really exhilarating to see a UK band with such amazing potential.

An incredible version of Beyonce’s Halo to round off their set really blew the audience away and really gave the song a new lease of life.

Sweden’s very own Like Torches really brought it tonight, storming their way into many fangirls’ hearts! Stockholm’s best kept secret were an absolute gem of band; with everything that makes pop punk spectacular along with sheer pure heart from the brothers with the vocals of gold, this band really is going places.

Never before have a band, who only a few of the audience had seen previously, had such a strong reaction from only their second song. Their stomping anthem, Keep Your Head High, was just a sign of not only hope and inspiration for the crowd but that the best is only yet to come for these boys. If you haven’t heard these boys yet, then you need to get to it!

Last but by no means, As It Is hit the stage with the screams of what seemed like a million fangirls and the energy never falted throughout their performance. With their cookie cutter pop punk sound, they completely brought the house down and really showcased all that’s good about the genre.

Their music had such a real Pierce The Veil vibe and their singer, Patty, was totally born to sing in this genre and had the crowd in the palm of his hand from start to finish.

All these bands just showcased the future of the genre and what exciting bands are about to make their breakthrough; these type of events really are incredible way to see bands that in a few years time will be big news in the genre.