2015’s Kerrang! Tour was packed full of talent. Bands who used the exposure that the Kerrang! name brings to go on and explode. The 2016 line-up had a mix of new bands on the verge of breaking out, but also added the return of some bonafide legends. Opening band Biters are the perfect band to open the Kerrang! Tour, offering something a little bit different to the current stock of Pop Punk bands (not with standing ROAM who are also on the Kerrang! Tour). Biters are a proper Rock ‘n’ Roll band, and whilst they might not be the acquired taste of everyone in the room, it is quite clear that Biters have something that will appeal.
You have to feel for ROAM, poor sound seemed to hamper the start of their set however they handled the situation like pros and by the end of the set they had the crowd jumping and were cooking on gas. You’d think that after their set the band would have sold a few of their new record ‘Backbone’- you can’t deny that ROAM are set for big things and they are well on their way to achieving that.
Frank Carter set out with one goal in mind, to steal the show and make The Rattlesnakes peoples new favourite band. Well, I’m pretty sure they achieved that! In all fairness it was always going to be The Rattlesnakes‘ show, yes a large portion of crowd were there for Sum 41 but Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes seem to thrive on being the underdogs and fighting their way into being fan favourites. Every time The Rattlesnakes play they look to bring their ‘A’ game and Birmingham was no different, from circle pits to walls of hugs, and Frank climbing above the crowd and onto the balcony. You come out completely loving The Rattlesnakes, it’s just a fact!
It’s been a long road for Sum 41, with front man Deryck’s road to recovery from alcohol problems, it is nice to finally see Sum 41 back on the road, and back with old members and old tunes. The Kerrang! Tour headliners are all about bringing the memories flooding back of the good old days of 2000’s Pop Punk, and with Blink-182 and Good Charlotte also back working in 2016 it could be a very nostalgic year. The sold out crowd in Birmingham’s Institute exploded when Sum 41 hit the stage, and the energy levels don’t dip through the set.