Celebrating 20 years of pop-punk with New Found Glory

To celebrate two decades since their inception, pop-punk veterans New Found Glory took over the O2 Forum Kentish Town. 

Florida-bred pop-punk quartet New Found Glory are had a party for their 20th anniversary in London last night with eleven more dates to come across the UK. The tour also comes just after the release of the band’s latest effort Makes Me Sick earlier this year. In a special celebration though, New Found Glory played their hit albums Catalyst and Sticks and Stones live, in full.

To kick things off, English pop-punkers ROAM got the festivities with a seven track set at the North London venue including Head Rush and Playing Fiction as well as latest single Alive

Happy Anniversary echoes through the speakers and gets the crowd riled up. As soon as New Found Glory take to the stage it’s party time. They waste no time getting straight into the first track, 2002’s Understatement. The venue is bouncing up and down and mosh pits are forming after just two riffs. This band sure knows how make an entrance. A few songs into the set, lead guitarist Chad Gilbert notes to the audience that they have two albums to get through – “talk less, rock more.” We’re all for it!

But don’t despair, the band don’t hold back when it comes making their appreciation for their fans clear. “Tonight isn’t just about us. It’s about you being fans for twenty years.” Chad says. “You have been listening to our problems, we get to flush them out on our records.” he later continues. With a 28-track set list, that’s two sheets of paper, New Found Glory follow through on their promise to play every single song from both Catalyst and Sticks and Stones – with one special addition.

For one fan’s special birthday request the band played a cover of Sixpence None The Richer’s Kiss Me from their 2007 album From the Screen to Your Stereo II. His sparkly sign eventually got NFG fan Mike up on stage and rocking out with the boys to his favourite song. What a treat!
The pop-punk celebrations end with New Found Glory’s 2002 hit single My Friends Over You as they send us off into the night. With a two-hour-plus set and plenty of hits to sing your heart out to, they remind us just why we fell in love with 90’s pop-punk in the first place.

See the Florida four-piece on the rest of their UK tour:

25 September – Pyramids, Southsea
27 September – O2 ABC, Glasgow
28 September – O2 Academy, Newcastle
29 September – Manchester Academy
30 September – O2 Academy, Birmingham
2 October – O2 Academy, Leeds
3 October – Rock City, Nottingham
5 October – O2 Academy, Bristol
6 October – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London (SOLD OUT)
7 October – Electric Ballroom, London (SOLD OUT)
8 October – The Underworld Camden, London (SOLD OUT)

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