PUP @ The Dome, London, 09/09/16

pupIt should be said that I am not expecting to 'love' this gig. Heavy punk rock was never a genre I was particularly invested in, but I knew people going and thought I'd try broaden my horizons. Plus, I love Canada and anything related to it.

So, I have no idea what to expect... The room is already packed out for support band Solids, who are doing a great job of energising the crowd. They're also doing a great job of reminding me that I've forgotten my ear plugs, and seeing as I'm standing right at the front, this is definitely going to be a problem.

Anyway, Solids finish up their set to a massive applaud, as more people start to filter in to see the headline act. And, the instant PUP set foot on the stage, it's clear people love this band. These are the kind of gigs I enjoy the most. It doesn't really matter if the music isn't quite up my street, because the atmosphere is such that you can't help getting carried away by it.

Literally, in some cases. I have never seen so many stage dives. This will mainly be because I don't go to these kind of gigs very often, but still, they're essentially racking up at a rate of one every minute. And of course there are mosh pits. I'm only little, so I'm not the biggest fan of this phenomenon. But these are 'nice' mosh pits, where people push each other around in a 'nice' way. It's put very succinctly by PUP's guitarist Steve Sladkowski - these are "Canadian mosh pits." Yes, there's shoving, but there's also lots of people checking everyone else is okay before really going for gold. I'm still keeping my distance though...

Every song that's played is greeted with a massive reaction from the crowd. They know all the words and they're singing along as if their lives depend on it. It's always a sign that a band's doing something right when the audience doesn't just give it their all during the singles, but are on their feet, chanting, jumping, stage diving throughout the entire set.

So, even if I don't end up loving this show (though I'm starting to...) it won't matter, because 600 other people in the venue clearly couldn't be happier.

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