BUSTED live at The Brighton Centre 07/09/2023.
The phenomenon that is Busted live! Prepare for a night you will never forget!
BUSTED LIVE! A whirlwind of excitement and pure entertainment. Get swept away as we Crash The Wedding, say “Hi” to Miss Mackenzie, visit the Year 3000 and hop aboard Thunderbird 2.
In celebration of their 20-year anniversary, Busted have embarked on a highly anticipated sold out tour that takes them to cities across the UK. Fans young and old flocked to the Brighton Centre, eager to experience the nostalgia and excitement that only a Busted live concert can deliver.
Are you ready to go back in time and relive the incredible memories of Busted’s videos, songs and live performances? From the moment they burst onto the music scene with their debut single “What I Go to School For,” Busted has captivated audiences around the world with their infectious melodies and electrifying stage presence. The crowd were ready after what seemed like a long wait following the opening support. I understand the delay was to allow late arrivals to get into the venue. A couple of attendees feinted in the crush and heat. The brilliant show stewards were passing out water to those that needed it.
One of the highlights of any Busted fan’s journey is experiencing the band’s explosive energy first-hand during their live shows. Whether you were there in the crowd or maybe watching a You Tube clip from the comfort of your own home, their performances are nothing short of phenomenal.
Fast forward to present day, and Busted are back to mesmerise audiences with their incredible live performances. Their passion for music shines through every note, captivating fans new and old. From start to finish, their concerts are a whirlwind of excitement and pure entertainment.
I had been allocated a tricky spot to do some photography. I was situated between two large confetti canons and behind a huge runway that had been built. It was roughly 6 feet high. I am a bit shorter than that and so couldn’t see or indeed take a photo unless I was on tip toe. A few shorter members of the crowd behind me were not overly happy only being able to see Busted from the waste up. The band did use the runway, but Busted did not make that much use of it. The other side of the wall contained another part of the crowd, who had purchased I am guessing more expensive tickets.
As the lights dim and the crowd erupts into cheers, Busted takes the stage with an electrifying energy that is contagious. The band members, Charlie, Matt, and James, are masters of their craft, effortlessly playing their instruments and delivering powerful vocals. Their chemistry on stage is undeniable, as they seamlessly move from one song to the next, keeping the audience on their toes.
Prepare to be amazed as Busted takes you on an unforgettable musical journey. The set list for a Busted concert is a carefully curated mix of their greatest hits and new material. From the infectious pop-rock anthem “Year 3000” to the slower numbers. Each song is performed with an intensity and passion that is impossible to ignore.
The intro tape featuring Christopher Lloyd as Doc from Back To The Future – a nod to the song Year 3000 played out. The curtains dropped, smoke billowed and Busted were silhouetted on the Brighton Centre stage. The chords for Air Hostess and a “Lets Go” and the crowd erupts. The stage lights illuminate the band members, and the atmosphere becomes electric.
Fans young and old, who have grown up listening to Busted’s music, can’t help but sing along to every word. A new single was played live, Loser Kid, a cracking Busted track that went down well with the crowd.
Mmm Bop, a cover of Hansons mega hit was up. Hanson are the support for most of the gigs on this tour. I have to say I was a little disappointed to learn they were not included for the Brighton show. The set powered along making it impossible for anyone to resist tapping their feet or nodding their heads along to the beat.
What I Go to School For
The beginning of Busted’s career started with a bang as they rocked the stage with their debut hit, What I Go to School For. The catchy lyrics and upbeat tempo had fans singing along and dancing throughout. Charlie Simpson, Busted’s guitarist and co-vocalist, brought his melodic sensibilities to the table, adding a touch of pop-infused punky guitar to the track. Matt Willis, the band’s bassist joining in with the bands drummer, as James fired a strong vocal. It all came together providing that energetic rhythm that propelled the song forward.
As the song climbed the charts and garnered international attention, Busted found themselves thrust into the spotlight. Their infectious energy and undeniable talent resonated with fans of all ages, catapulting them to stardom. “What I Go to School For” became an anthem for teenagers everywhere, capturing the essence of adolescence and the universal experience of having a crush on someone unattainable.
The next song was another favourite, Who’s David.
One of the highlights of a Busted concert is their ability to connect with their fans on a personal level. In between songs, the band members take the time to interact with the crowd, sharing stories and anecdotes that make the audience feel like they are part of something special. Whether it’s a funny anecdote about life on the road or a heartfelt message about the power of music, or poking fun at McFly, or the Thunderbirds movie, Busted knows how to make their fans feel seen and appreciated.
But it’s not just the music that makes a Busted concert an unforgettable experience. The production value of their shows is top-notch, with stunning visuals, pyrotechnics, and elaborate stage setups that transport the audience into a different world. Every detail, from the lighting design to the choreography, is meticulously planned to create a visually stunning and immersive experience.
And let’s not forget about the fans. Busted concerts are known for their dedicated and passionate fan base, who come together to create an atmosphere of pure joy and excitement. From singing along to every word to creating elaborate fan art and signs, the fans play an integral role in making each concert a unique and memorable event.
So, if you have the chance to see Busted live, don’t hesitate. Their concerts are a celebration of music, talent, and the unbreakable bond between artists and their fans. Get ready to be swept away by the infectious energy and undeniable talent of Busted!
I know a fair bit of Busteds material and was thankful to hear all of those tracks tonight. Some of the songs I didn’t recall included Everything I Knew, Falling For You and She Wants To Be Me. I didn’t know those songs, but the crowd did! Good One also in the set, another new Busted track and its a cracker!
Matt took some time introducing the number Thunderbirds Are Go. Shame about the movie but the song was a cracker and again featured a great video featuring the best bits of the movie! It sounded immense live as the video screens showed a montage of Thunderbirds clips. Brilliantly executed. Thunderbird 4 looked as if it was hovering above the stage.
Busted’s unique blend of pop and punk has solidified their status as one of the most influential bands in the genre. Their live performance tonight showcases that talent and ability. Busted’s live performances have solidified their status as one of the most influential bands of their generation.
Another crowd favourite up next, is the anthem, Crashed the Wedding. I loved the video for that one! The band’s infectious enthusiasm is contagious as they perform this high-energy track. The stage lights up, and the whole venue turns into a massive party. It’s impossible to resist singing and dancing along to the infectious chorus that has become a trademark of Busted’s live shows. This was to be the last song of the set! Who are they trying to kid!!
A rocking rendition of The Undertones Teenage Kicks fired everyone one up into a frenzy again as the end of the gig was approaching. I think everyone was up and dancing for that one!
No Busted concert would be complete without the iconic song, Year 3000. As the crowd joins in for the chorus, the energy in the venue reaches its peak and those confetti canons I mentioned earlier were fired. This was to be the last song of the set. The air was thick with the ticker tape floating. I think everyone got covered with the stuff.
It’s a moment that reminds everyone why Busted has become a phenomenon in the music industry. Their ability to create timeless songs that resonate with fans of all ages is truly remarkable.
As the chorus hits, the crowd’s voices merge with the band’s, creating a harmonious blend of sound that reverberates throughout the venue. Busted’s ability to unite people through music is a testament to their talent and the universal appeal of their songs. You really do need to experience the excitement of Busted’s live shows.
Over the years, “Year 3000” has become an anthem for Busted fans worldwide. It’s a song that brings people together, creating a sense of unity and nostalgia. Whether it’s a live concert or a casual sing-along in the car, the infectious energy of “Year 3000” never fails to uplift spirits and transport listeners to a place where dreams and imagination know no bounds.
Those fortunate enough to witness Busted’s live shows first-hand will attest to the sheer excitement that fills the air. From the moment the band steps on stage to the last chord of the encore, there is an undeniable magic that permeates the venue.
Busted LIVE is so much more than just a concert – it’s an experience that will leave you wanting more. So, if you’re ready to experience the excitement, energy, and pure magic of Busted’s live performances, grab your tickets and get ready for a night you’ll never forget. From the very first chord to the final curtain call, Busted will take you on an electrifying journey that will leave you wanting more.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness the phenomenon that is Busted live! Prepare for a night you will never forget.
Matt mentioned that Busted had never had a number 1 album! Hard to believe! Matt mentioned another band, who had racked up a couple. Be great to see their new Greatest Hits album do the business for Busted, they deserve it!
Thanks to BUSTED! James, Charlie and Matt.
Thanks to the Brighton and Hove News: Music team (Nick)
Thanks to the fabulous Brighton Centre and the great team of show controllers who looked after everyone.
Words, VIDEO and photos by Ian Bourn.
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