Neck Deep’s The Peace And The Panic at The Majestic Ventura Theater


Welsh pop punk band Neck Deep embarked on their second US tour for The Peace And The Panic, hitting cities that aren’t typically covered by major world tours. After kicking off the tour in Santa Cruz, they headed down to the historic Majestic Ventura Theater.

With Gardenside, WSTR, Stand Atlantic, and Trophy Eyes opening, it was an epic night full of the best pop punk music. 


When bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans announced his departure from the band two days before the start of the tour, fans were left to wonder who could live up to the talented and adored member. This appears to be a problem for the future, because Neck Deep chose to simply perform without a bass player. Nonetheless, their sound was not lacking, and with their amazing stage presence, the show was an incredible success.

Despite having been a band for only a few years, the members seem like amazing friends and truly enjoy performing together. Not to mention, they are genuinely good people. When lead singer Ben Barlow noticed an altercation breaking out in the pit, he paused to request that they “chill” and “be nice to each other” since everyone was “here to enjoy the show.” 

Afterwards, the band played “Candour” and “19 Seventy Sumthin’,” songs that Barlow wrote about his late father and the love story of his parents, respectively. These were quite a pleasant surprise and must have been difficult for the singer to perform. There was a beautiful sense of support from the audience through both songs. 

Throughout the night the band also performed songs from their three other albums Rain in July, Wishful Thinking, and Life’s Not Out To Get You, pleasing fans from all stages of their existence. From their very first song ever, “What Did You Expect?” to their latest “In Bloom,” Neck Deep has created an all-encompassing set with smooth transitions and stunning effects.

Be sure to check out when the band is near you because this is not a show to miss.

Coverage by Sumin Choi

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