Bronnie, A Summer High, The Verse, OFFSHORE: Zanzibar, Liverpool
Bronnie marks her homecoming with an incredible show at Zanzibar. Dan Spelman witnesses an artist hitting a whole new level.
Rising pop punk artist Bronnie ended The Geeks & Freaks Tour – her second as headliner – at the legendary Zanzibar. This tour saw her play headline shows in Amsterdam, Birmingham and London
OFFSHORE open proceedings with a fast tempo set full of energy and the packed Zanzibar crowd dug the whole vibe. They had many fans in the building, and they sang word for word along with the band, especially on Now She Knows and I Scream.
Next up was The Verse who, like Bronnie, this writer has had the pleasure of seeing perform live a few times – and they tore it up. Even with a few technical difficulties here and there during their set, they just took it in their stride and had banter with crowd throughout. Thick As Thieves, in particular, tore the roof off.
It was then time for American based band A Summer High, whom Bronnie also toured America with just before Christmas. Going into the gig, we were only aware of one or two of their tracks and didn’t really know what to expect. But by the end of their set, they won us over. Tracks like Do You Remember? came alive on stage, and their cover of 5 Seconds Of Summer’s She Looks So Perfect was something else.
But tonight was about Bronnie – ending her Geeks & Freaks Tour in style; a celebratory hometown show. She didn’t disappoint.
Opening her set with Total Outcast, it became apparent early on that something special would happen tonight. As many times as we have been to the Zanzibar, we have never quite experienced an appreciation on this level. Every track Bronnie played was received deliriously, from Fake It to Get A Grip and her pop punk rendition Little Mix’s Shout Out To My Ex. Then there was her latest release; Stay, a song she wrote at the age of 16.
Her stage presence has hit a whole new peak. The experience she has amassed over three back to back tours has clearly paid off. She commands the stage, reading the crowd and throwing banter their way.
Towards the end of her set, she paid tribute to the legendary Tony Butler for everything he’s done for Liverpool music scene and significantly waved an LGBT flag onstage. By the time she finished up with Social Rejex – performed with her three support acts – there was no doubt that she had smashed it. She has already reached the top of the iTunes rock chart, it has to be said without much help from the local scene. And on the evidence of tonight, there is no telling how far she could go.
Lead image: artist’s Facebook page
Dan Spelman had the opportunity to speak to Bronnie on his KCC Live radio show The Big Live Drive. You can hear this interview below.