Heading to the KOKO to see Tonight Alive might have felt a bit like deja vu at the beginning of the night but by the close of the evening it was so clear that this was a different band, a band with new direction. Completing the line-up of the evening ROAM and The Gospel Youth showed that they too had every right to play on a stage like this and to a crowd of this magnitude, for relative newcomers they sure had a lot to give.

First up for the night The Gospel Youth took to the stage and reeled off a multitude of huge tracks with vocalist Samuel Little delivering a stunning vocal performance. From set opener I Will Deliver You To The Fireflies right through to the anthemic chorus of Bloodlines//Love Stopped Me Coming Home, these Brighton based rockers pulled off a hugely impressive set.

Pop punkers ROAM were next to head up the stage to huge applause from the audience. New tracks from recent release Great Heights & Nosedives received as much support as well known older material and the crowd even opened several mosh pits during the set. As the band ripped through tracks like Left For Dead, Flatline and Deadweight, they were buzzing and the set full of energy as they bounded around the stage, hyping the crowd for the headline act.

As the house lights dimmed for the final act, the excitement within the crowd reached new levels, the venue buzzing with anticipation. The Australian rockers, Tonight Alive, headed into the evening with Book Of Love, a track from their new album Underworld which showed off how well fans knew the new material as they shouted back every word.

Crowd pleasers Lonely Girl and Listening were a whirlwind of energy as the band bounded around the stage and the crowd surged at the barrier. Slowing down the night with an acoustic rendition of Say Please, which had previously had its first performance the last time the band played this venue, saw the loudest sing-a-long of the night. For You made things a little more intimate as a couple came onstage and got engaged to huge support from the band and a round of applause from the audience.

Final tracks The Edge and Temple reinforced just how far the band have come since their last show here. They might be minus a member, with the departure of Whakaio not long ago, but their live performance has lost none of its spark and the band are clearly at the top of their game. 9.5/10