Despite missing the first two sets of the evening, the Tampa stop on The Peace and The Panic Tour proved to be one of the best shows I’ve been to this year. A good mix between new sounds and some old favorites, the evening provided a lot of fun energy and an excitable crowd.
Before the main event, Canadian pop-punk band Seaway took the stage and had a great time with an enthusiastic room of fans. The pictures I captured during this set proved to be a bit of a struggle to get, but turned out to be some of my favorite from the whole night!
Of course, after Seaway did their thing the crowd was hyped up and ready for Neck Deep to take the stage. As a long-time fan of the band, this set was a real treat! The way that frontman Ben Barlow controls the energy and works the room is always fun to watch and capture in photos.
As a funny, somewhat unrelated anecdote, the last time I had the pleasure of seeing Neck Deep I left the show with a concussion (and a smile on my face?) after having a little bit too much fun and deciding crowd surfing was a good idea. Luckily, this time around, there was no concussion to report of and I left with nothing but some great memories and photos of two phenomenal bands!
Words and Photos by Liz Stone