While audiences are generally receptive to opening acts, the main act is why they handed over their cash, why they queued up in the rain for hours to get a spot at the front. And so when an opening act has the crowd bouncing so wildly, throwing around £7 pints of beer and generally engaging as if it was the encore of the main act, you know they’re doing something right.
Bad Nerves @ Koko
And so was the case as Essex pop-punk outfit Bad Nerves brought their distinct energy and high-octane tunes to North London’s Koko, opening for Brightonian four-piece Black Honey. Led by frontman Bobby Bird and rounded out by Will Power on guitar, Jon Poulton on bass, Sam Thompson on drums and George Berry also on guitar, the quintet brought their flavour of punk to an unsuspecting, but appreciative crowd. Okay, so there may have been more than a handful in the crowd singing along to the group’s eponymous 2020 debut record tunes (along with a smattering of more recent stuff) and bouncing along more than enthusiastically!
The band played:
Can’t Be Mine