On Monday 19th March 2012, Katie McGillivray, Emma Smith, Brandon Paton  and I ventured to the O2 ABC on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street to experience the almighty Nero and their 2012 Welcome Reality Tour!

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When a gig starts with a chorus of “here we fuckin’ go” and the bass through the sound system make your “nostrils vibrate” you know you’re in for a good night!

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Daniel Stephens and Joe Rae appeared on stage in a Daft Punk-esque pyramid of bass pins, speakers and vintage televisions, clad in the best looking wrap- around sunglasses that I have ever seen!

Starting with the apocalyptic, dominator- synth ridden Doomsday, Nero progressed through their Welcome Reality Tour taking their dubstep-techno-electro-rock-classical influenced style to a whole new level of awesomeness.

The last time I felt a bass cannon kick like this was at Chase & Status at the end of last year, but to compare these two powerhouses of sound just doesn’t seem right as I love them both equally!

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Vocalist, Alana Watson appeared on stage at various points like a sultry ghost-like apparition through the strobes and lasers entrancing the sell out crowd of around 1250 people with every word and note that she sang.

There was a nod of appreciation to Knife Party, whose rip roaring ear assault of a remix of Crush On You was flawlessly intertwined with the original track causing a mosh pit to break out. Yep. That’s right- a mosh pit!

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From Promises, to Crush on You, to Reaching Out via Guilt, Innocence and Must Be The Feeling, the crowd roared with appraisal at the extended encore of the anthemic Me & You.

Tilt your head to the left before you hit play on the video!
You’ll see why when you do!

More info on Nero can be found here: http://www.thisisnero.com/

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About johnmcblain

Scottish Musician & Artist and FE Lecturer in Music. MA MSc BA BMus and now studying for my TQFE at Stirling Uni. Soon to be on Spotify! Twitter - @johnmcblain Instagram - johnmcblain

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