Neck Deep – Headliner’s Music Hall – 09.14.2018
Louisville, KY – 09.14.2018
Words & Photos by Grace Earley
Wrexham, UK based pop punk group Neck Deep made their way back to the United States for the second part of their The Peace and The Panic Tour this month, and made a stop at Headliner’s Music Hall in Louisville, KY on September 14th. Touring this time around with opening bands Trophy Eyes, Stand Atlantic and WSTR, the lineup was one that I was very thrilled to experience, even before I arrived at the venue.
Opening their set with “Motion Sickness”, and following up with a fan favorite, “Gold Steps”, I was immediately drawn in by the incredible energy that frontman Ben Barlow radiates while performing. He did not for a single second fail to connect with every single person that filled the 900 capacity room, regardless of if you stood against the barricade, or sat on the balcony.
Though multiple mosh pits opened up throughout the show, and many crowd surfers were carried to the stage, the group slowed it down right before the encore to take a moment to dedicate the upcoming song, “19 Seventy Sumthin’” to Ben’s late father, Terry. Flashlights, as well as tears, filled the room for a few minutes before the group picked it back up again with the debut single from their most recent album, “In Bloom”.
I am thoroughly convinced that not one person left the show without a genuine feeling of happiness coursing through every single inch of their body. I know that I personally felt overall content, and like I could take on the world after the empowering and energized night ended. Neck Deep are fully, one hundred percent worth going to see if you have the means to do so. No matter if you enjoy mosh pitting, having the time of your life on barricade, or simply enjoying the music from the back, there is a place in the crowd and a song for you.
The remaining dates of the The Peace and The Panic Tour: Part Two are listed below:
September 25th / Buffalo, NY / Town Ballroom
September 27th / Pittsburgh, PA / Mr. Smalls
September 28th / Detroit, MI / Royal Oak
September 29th / Cleveland, OH / Agora
September 30th / Toronto, ON / Danforth
October 2nd / Cincinnati, OH / Bogarts
October 3rd / Fort Wayne, IN / Clyde
October 5th / Milwaukee, WI / Eagles Club
October 6th / Des Moines, IA / Woolys
October 7th / Omaha, NE / Sokol
October 9th / Boulder, CO / Boulder Theater
October 10th / Grand Junction, CO / Mesa Theater
October 12th / San Luis Obispo, CA / Fremont
October 13th / San Diego, CA / SOMA