Concert Review: Waterparks | SWG3 | 26/01/2020

After announcing they would be returning to the UK and Europe for a run of big shows, Texans Waterparks confirmed they would be bringing friend and fellow American musician De’Wayne Jackson to open the shows for them, much to the joy of many fans. Although many people didn’t appear to know his music particularly well, the energy was infectious. It’s a rare treat to see a support act grab the attention of such a big room so effectively. Jackson spoke openly about current social issues such as police brutality in the United States and was met with massive cheers in support of change and solidarity.

Opening the show with two quintessential Waterparks anthems, ‘Watch What Happens Next’ and ‘Blonde’ injected sugary sweet energy to every fan in the room. SWG3, the venue for the evening, plastered strict “no crowdsurfing” and mosh pit safety signs around the room but they were quickly disregarded by frontman Awsten Knight as he encouraged fans to open up pits and launch themselves up in the air.

Playing mostly songs from their latest release ‘FANDOM’ and their 2018 album ‘Entertainment’, the band broke the set up by playing a mash-up of what you could call “older songs”, touching on their debut album ‘Double Dare’. Interrupted by a rowdy crowd with playful heckles directed at the band members, it is clear the band know their fan base incredibly well, and the onstage banter is launched straight back with no hesitation. Before slowing down for some acoustic goodness, Knight encourages the crowd to “boo Mark Zuckerberg” and of course, without any hesitation, everyone in the room, happily boos Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg.

Returning to the city after almost two years, there is a very obvious maturity in the band and an honesty with their music that came with releasing ‘FANDOM‘ last year; closing the show with the first single from that record, ‘Turbulent‘. To summarise an explosive night with one of the best bands in the alternative music scene in only a few words would be an insult.

Waterparks are currently on tour across the UK and Mainland Europe, here’s where to catch them:

JANUARY
27 – BIRMINGHAM Institute
29 – MANCHESTER Academy 2
30 – MANCHESTER Academy 2

FEBRUARY

01 – LONDON Electric Ballroom
02 – LONDON Electric Ballroom
04 – KÖLN Luxor
05 – MUNICH Feierwerk
07 – AMSTERDAM Melkweg
08 – HAMBURG Logo
09 – COPENHAGEN Pumpehuset
11 – OSLO Parkteateret
12 – STOCKHOLM Klubben