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The Get Up Kids: live in Boltonlive in Bolton (2010)
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Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: JBlng-rd-hmeJBlng-rd-hme
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The beer garden of a Bolton boozer is an odd place to encounter pop-punk royalty, but for the 200 lucky punters in attendance tonight there could be no better way of spending a Thursday evening. It's been an unsettled week in the northwest of England, but the elements were merciful enough to to gran.


The beer garden of a Bolton boozer is an odd place to encounter pop-punk royalty, but for the 200 lucky punters in attendance tonight there could be no better way of spending a Thursday evening. It's been an unsettled week in the northwest of England, but the elements were merciful enough to to grant us a clear summer's evening to get up close and personal with one of the best loved pop-punk bands of the last 15 years.

This was meant to be a lap of honour around a well-worn but equally well-loved back catalogue ahead of their appearance at this weekend's Leeds and Reading festivals, but it was a stuttering start for the Missourian emo titans. Opener "Coming Clean" from 1997's Four Minute Mile was met with pedestrian fist-pumps and half-arsed sing-alongs, much to the chagrin of Matthew Pryor and his fellow Get Up Kids.

Patience is a virtue, however, and TGUK showed bags of it, slowly coaxing a sleepy post-work crowd away from the bar with dose after dose of perfectly crafted emo-punk tuneage. With the ice well and truly broken the gig took on a much more intimate feel as the band stormed through a career-spanning set, speckling the rapturously received classics with a few slick-sounding gems from this year's Simple Science EP, wrapping up proceedings with a sublime cover of the Cure's "Close to Me."

After charming Bolton's pants off, the Get Up Kids inform us, in immaculate lancastrian accents, that they are off to "get pissed"--I'd say the majority of the audience wouldn't be far behind them. Great times had by audience and band alike, and well worth the £1.50 train fare here from Salford.

 


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wearestillalive (September 3, 2010)

Saw these guys play in Birmingham to a dead crowd a couple months ago. What the fuck is wrong with the UK and why is everybody not more stoked to be seeing this band?

northshorechris (September 3, 2010)

Charm my pants off.

insinceredave (September 3, 2010)

'Live in Bolton' made me laugh.... i don't know why

mashole (September 3, 2010)

after charming michael boltons pant off perhaps?

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