Following a stellar album release at the start of the year, Waterparks have returned to the UK from across the water to bring The Entertainment Tour into their biggest venues to date. Crossing through the likes of London’s beautiful Koko and the massive Manchester Ritz, Waterparks found their way to Glasgow where they were set to perform at the O2 ABC with support from Patent Pending. But would the tour live up to it’s name? Would it do their most recent album Entertainment the justice it deserves?
Before we find that out, Patent Pending take to the stage. The New York pop punkers have been around for quite some time, yet their music can be somewhat juvenile. They do have a song on their setlist that mentions the word ‘dude’ numerous times. However they are entertaining to watch. They’re the epitome of pop punk, both in sound and with their many jumps.
Their interactions in between can seem somewhat cheesy at times as they mention competing with the other bands on the tour to become God’s favourite boyband and how they encourage the band to cheer for them to help their position rise. A highlight of their set is an unexpected and rather great pop punk version of Cascada’s Every Time We Touch, which is followed by a hardcore introduction of ‘Waterparks is up next’ repeated for a good minute or so. Overall, Patent Pending are a great hype band for the headliners and you can only imagine how they’d thrive on their own.
The main event is Waterparks, who, for the night have a thirteen strong set the span over 90 minutes. Most of the songs are from Entertainment, giving them a chance to showcase a lot of the songs for the first time in a live setting. The first three songs on the setlist follow those from the album to the letter. They sound good live, with Blonde standing out as the more rock of the three as it has less electronic elements than the other two. What you find is that, the backing tracks of those elements do tend to get drowned out somewhat with the volume of everything else but it does give those tracks a little extra something special.
Not too long after, there are blue and yellow balloons released across the crowd, the colours match two that are used very often in vocalist Awsten Knight’s lyrics and it’s a nice touch thrown in by some of the crowd. Sleep Alone was a huge highlight from the album and live it’s amplified, particularly the guitar solo by Geoff Wigington. Drummer Otto Wood isn’t left out of the spotlight though, as Knight offers him the chance for a drum solo; ‘It’s our tour, we’re headlining, we could do a whole set of Otto drumming if we wanted,’ he teases.
There are some old favourites of course, the most popular tracks that became singles from the bands previous album Double Dare. Royal and Stupid for you sandwich a chunk of new songs, giving fans a taste of what made them love Waterparks so much in the first place. It’s nice, though. While the band could have come out and like many others, played a set of predictable tracks with the odd new song thrown in, Waterparks came with a different offering which is much more appreciated. The old songs, though great as they are, had grown tired from previous tour circuits, so an Entertainment led set is welcomed.
An encore brings Crybaby, which is hyped by Knight with a call for everyone to jump. However, it’s just not at the right tempo for it. TANTRUM follows, which was the standout track from the album and it goes just as hard in a live setting. However, one downside is that the whole song isn’t played – perhaps Crybaby could have been looked over for a full performance of TANTRUM which ends the set with a massive bang. For 13 songs, Waterparks have everyone enraptured with their energy and near impeccable performance but you can’t help but feel like the set could have been a little longer. Overall, though, the tour does live up to it’s name – from start to finish it’s entertaining and really the desire to for it to be longer is only shared because nobody wants the fun to end.