Fresh off the back of their latest US tour, Brit rock titans Don Broco arrived on Tyneside for their first show in the region since 2021.

The band's last date in the city was at the start of their Amazing Things album cycle. Only this time around, the band is bringing this chapter in their career to a close.

Of course, Amazing Things is an album that has resulted in great success for the group, garnering them their first Number 1 album in the UK Official Charts.

And despite the time of the year being the festive season, the title of the group’s current jaunt is the Birthday Party tour. The latter ties in with the name of Broco’s recent single.

The Northern Echo: Don Broco plays O2 City Hall in NewcastleDon Broco plays O2 City Hall in Newcastle (Image: ADAM KENNEDY)

Celebrations aside, the tour almost took a turn for the worst when frontman Rob Damiani injured himself a couple of nights prior. Arriving onstage sporting a neck brace, the singer embraced the old showbiz motto of the show must go on.

According to a post on social media, despite advice from his physio to take it easy, the frontman was determined to push through the pain barrier to prevent the tour from being rescheduled.

The Northern Echo: This was the first gig in the North East from the band since 2021This was the first gig in the North East from the band since 2021 (Image: ADAM KENNEDY)

Don Broco kicked off the show with an arsenal of crowd-pleasing anthems including Gumshield, Manchester Super Reds No .1 Fan, Pretty and hit single Come Out To LA.

The band’s on-stage energy catalysed the audience’s euphoric response throughout. And despite his neck brace, the band’s effervescent frontman didn’t hold back on what he regarded as “the most basic of Dad moves”. Rob still sank his heart and soul into his performance all night long.

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For the old-school fans in attendance, songs from the band's debut album Priorities were welcome additions.

This included the likes of Actors, a stripped-back acoustic airing of Yeah Man and the thunderous title track itself.

Of course, there was plenty of room for tracks from the band’s current chart-topping album, including contemporary rocker Endorphins, One True Prince and an explosive airing of Bruce Willis.

The Northern Echo: Don Broco plays O2 Newcastle City HallDon Broco plays O2 Newcastle City Hall (Image: ADAM KENNEDY)

Damiani showed his admiration for the Hollywood actor sporting a t-shirt depicting the Die Hard star in various stages of his career.

In the latter stages of the show, Don Broco included recent single, Birthday Party. The song was the theme for the show, with many of the fans arriving in party hats. Even Rob got in on the action when a fan at the front of the stage.


passed up a small cone-like hat depicting the man himself, which he wore for a short period.

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On the subject of the band's newest material, Rob signalled that following the conclusion of their current tour, they would be going away for a little while to write a new album. Perhaps the news the band's fans had been waiting for.

Don Broco concluded their seventeen-song setlist with a two-song encore that concluded with the anthemic T-shirt Song. And even on a chilly night like Tuesday evening, the fans were still more than happy to waive their shirts above their heads throughout the track.

For many, Don Broco’s show at the O2 City Hall may well have been their last concert of the year. But what a way to round out an excellent year of live music on Tyneside.