22 years, 7 albums and a whole heap of various other releases consisting of some of the most well known hardcore the world has ever seen, H2O fill out the cosy Underworld in London for a sold out headline show in support of their latest album Use Your Voice which is sure to please the masses. Those masses tonight consist of diehard hardcore fans ready and waiting patiently for their time to awaken and seemingly turn the venue into an explosion of warm, sweaty energetic fun and whilst this is exactly what happens as soon as H2O hit the stage, the run up to the main event was less than energetic.
As usual before the main act, there are three whole support bands to kick things off. UK hardcore ensemble Darko draw the short straw on this occasion and begin their set of energetic melodic hardcore mashup in front of a few punters who are not too bothered at this point with the exception of three diehard individuals who throwdown for the whole set and seem to be having a great time. Darko however do not let the sparse head nodding crowd affect their performance by giving 110% from start to finish a worthy way to kick things off, even if most of the crowd were still entering the building or hanging out at the bar.
Next up, Petrol Girls bring their aggressive post hardcore performance to the stage and what a performance it is! This is a band to look out for in the future. They have an old school vibe about them, the lead singer Ren Aldridge screaming her guts out to issues that its clear the band certainly care about, the passion and energy at this point definitely rubs off on the crowd now. Either they’re all a little more drunk or they’ve finally been given something to care about. A definite worthy main support and at this point it feels as if the show is only just getting started.