Live Review

Live Review: Mayday Parade – Brisbane 2022

When we arrived at the Tivoli the line was down the street and around the corner.  The longest line I have seen since Gene Simmons in 2018.  The line was full of excited punters eager to get inside and see the Band they have been waiting for since Mayday had to push their 10th Anniversary of their self titled album to being an 11th Anniversary!  I was happy to see this was an all ages gig with an area for the under 18s to feel safe while taking in their favorite band!

Artist: Mayday Parade / Real Friends / Those Who Dream
Venue: The Tivoli, Brisbane
Date: Friday 22nd April 2022
Reviewer: Hayley Treadwell
Photographer: Andrew Treadwell Photography

When we arrived at the Tivoli the line was down the street and around the corner.  The longest line I have seen since Gene Simmons in 2018.  The line was full of excited punters eager to get inside and see the Band they have been waiting for since Mayday had to push their 10th Anniversary of their self titled album to being an 11th Anniversary!  I was happy to see this was an all ages gig with an area for the under 18s to feel safe while taking in their favorite band!

As the crowd from the street filed into one of Brisbane’s favorite venues, alternative pop/rock brothers from Perth, ‘Those Who Dream’ took the stage.  These guys are amazing.  Jumping across the stage they were full of energy and it was great to see so many of the early crowd singing along with them.

Next to take the stage were Illinois pop/punk band ‘Real Friends’.   These guys backed up to support Mayday after playing a headlining show the previous night in Brisbane.  But backing up is obviously good for them because they gave their all on the stage and had fans screaming and crying in the crowd.  

As Real Friends left the stage the crowds excitement shifted to anticipation and it wasn’t long before Mayday Parade graced the stage in their suits, looking sharp as ever!

They kicked into the title track from their self titled album, ‘Oh Well, Oh Well’ with great celebration and that continued through the album set.  The crowd roared along with ‘When You See My Friends’ and ‘A Shot Across the Bow’ showing that it was more than just the single releases from this album that the fans fell in love with.  Closing out the album set with ‘Happy Endings Are Stories That Haven’t Ended Yet’ just seemed like a pre-planned perfect fit.

As Mayday Parade left the stage, the crowd cheered and begged for more and we didn’t have to wait long for their encore.  The band took the stage again with their song released in June last year ‘Kids of Summer’ which got a roaring reception and followed it up with 2 of their most loved songs ‘Jersey’ and ‘Jamie All Over’. 

Mayday Parade have firmly cemented their place in the pop-rock scene and they certainly celebrated the songs of their self titled album with Brisbane tonight and we loved every minute of it.

Until the next gig,

Hayley x 

Set List

Oh Well, Oh Well / No Heroes Allowed / When You See My Friends / You’re Dead Wrong / Priceless / Stay / Call Me Hopeless, But Not Romantic / A Shot Across The Bow / Everything’s an Illusion / I’d Rather Make Mistakes Than Nothing at All / Without the Bitter The Sweet Isn’t As Sweet / Happy Endings Are Stories That Haven’t Ended Yet

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