Mayday Parade, Real Friends, Those Who Dream @ The Gov, Adelaide 25/4/2022

It might have been a public holiday that didn’t support the fans turning out on mass at The Gov for Mayday Parade. The energy in The Gov was fantastic and it was great to see a sold out crowd enjoying an awesome nights music. Big shows like this feel like a long time overdue considering where things have been at the last couple of years.

Its not often you see the line up to get in sprawl back out to Port Road and around the corner with fans eager to secure their spot down the front. Perth based duo Those Who Dream are set for even bigger things and judging by the reaction to their set they won over a legion of new fans. New single One Of My Kind is killer and absolutely went off.

Pop punk band Real Friends hailing from Tinley Park, Illinois well and truly warmed up the crowd. The intensity and energy of their performance was next level and there was no let up from go to woe. The band were stoked to be in Adelaide for the first and even more memorable for them being a sold out show. Revving the crowd up with “Aussie Aussie Oi Oi” their set was loaded with singles including the likes Me First, Get By, Nervous Wreck, I Don’t Love You Anymore and Mess.

The crowd were excitable even singing in unison to the music played in the changeover leading up to Mayday Parade which was great to hear. When their heroes took to the stage there was plenty of noise as they launched in to Oh Well, Oh Well. The set list might have been a little predictable with the band celebrating the eleventh anniversary (delayed for obvious reasons) by playing their self-titled album in full start to end. Hard to believe that it has been four years since their last tour here and no doubt they have more than made up for it. The band gave it everything and left nothing on the table playing like their life depended on it. Front man Derek Sanders even commented “Yeah Adelaide, that felt pretty good, it feels like we lost something over the last couple of years”.

When You See My Friends was a highlight in amongst other album standouts You’re Dead Wrong, Priceless and Stay. Sanders said that this wasn’t their first time at The Gov and that they feel like Adelaide gets skipped over adding that they’ll always do their best to make sure they keep coming back – so good to hear a band acknowledge and say that. A Shot Across The Bow is one of those songs that when it’s played goes, sometimes not according to Sanders. Tonight, it went off!

Everything’s An Illusion took on a greater meaning when Sanders spoke of feeling depressed and how difficult the last year had been. Fortunately he said he was taking it a day at a time and is doing a lot better which is helped by playing shows which means the world to him later encouraging fans to seek help if they were experiencing similar. I’d Rather Make Mistakes Than Nothing At All was cool and Without The Bitter The Sweet Isn’t As Sweet was reflective in nature with Sanders saying this was his favourite song recorded with the band mentioning that the ten year anniversary of this album was “pretty wild” considering how many people have been listening to it in ten years and are still continuing to do so.

Happy Endings Are Stories That Haven’t Ended Yet wrapped up the main set with the band returning for an encore that blew the roof off The Gov with Kids Of Summer off their new album What It Means to Fall Apart. Jersey and Jamie All Over saw the crowd full of voice and jumping one last time before bringing the show to an end. There’s plenty of love for Mayday Parade in Adelaide and there’s no doubt if they played a couple of extra nights here that they would also be sold out.

Live Review By Rob Lyon

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