LIVE REVIEWS: Don Broco/ Man With a Mission / Yonaka – UEA – 12/2/18

Review and photos by Danielle Booden

Picture: Danielle Booden

Don Broco, with support from Yonaka and Man With a Mission, blew the roof off of the Nick Rayns LCR  with an energetic and lively show as Danielle Booden reviews the show from Monday Night.

Picture: Danielle Booden


It was great to see another female fronted rock band in a genre that is very heavily male dominated.

Lead singer Theresa Jarvis was fascinating to watch perform as she danced around the stage throughout their set. Her vocals were extremely impressive supported by a slick, tight performance from the rest of the band.

Yonaka owned the stage with such confidence that it was easy to forget that they were one of the support acts. It’s definitely worth keeping an eye on this up-and-coming band.

Picture: Danielle Booden

Man With a Mission

Next up was Man with a Mission who flew over from Japan to join Don Broco on the ‘Technology’ tour. They were met with substantial cheers from the crowd as they walked onto the stage wearing wolf heads, something that they are renowned for.

With a sound that echoed Limp Bizkit in parts, they definitely brought a show that was packed with high energy and great onstage presence.

With both support acts finished, the crowds waited eagerly for Don Broco to arrive on stage. It wasn’t long before the lights dipped ready for the show to start.

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Don Broco

Fans roared as they filtered in, opening the night with ‘Pretty‘- one of the tracks off of their new album ‘Technology’. After the release of the album on February 2, it was evident that fans were dying to hear the new songs live as the crowd began jumping up and down belting the lyrics back to the boys on stage.

This was immediately followed by ‘Everybody’, a punchy and gritty track that kept the energy levels at max. You’d have a hard time not wanting to get up and move as each and every band member threw everything they had into this song, and throughout their entire set list.

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We were also treated to some songs off of their older albums ‘Priorities’ and ‘Automatic’. Hearing these songs side by side with their newest releases highlights just how their sound has developed over time into something very special.

They have managed to bring together heavier riffs, melodic hooks, 80s pop-inflected rock, metal and funk into something that is quite frankly a breath of fresh air.

It’s hard to put a finger on it, but Don Broco seem to have something that’s very different from other bands in the genre. Whether it’s their likeable personalities, their quality musicianship or their top class song writing and performing capabilities is up for debate.

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Picture: Danielle Booden

It is however these qualities that have aided in their rapidly growing fan base and seen them sell out prestigious venues like Alexandra Palace in London.

The show had absolutely everything you’d expect from Don Broco and more. If the crowd reaction is anything to go by, it’s only the start for these Bedford boys. They will undoubtedly continue to see more success in the future as they continue to play bigger and better venues.



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