When seeing Panic! At The Disco live you expect theatrical things. A small portion of the attendees clearly wanted to join in with the theatrics, as they turned up wearing top hats topped with steampunk goggles. The rest turned up with their parents – who often seemed more enthusiastic about the music than their children.
The band take to the stage and start things off with Ready To Go, before slipping into But It’s Better If You Do, The Ballad of Mona Lisa, and then starting Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off by saying “this next one’s about having sex with strangers!”. Cue screams from the underage majority of the audience. The casual switch between songs from ‘Vices and Virtues’ and ‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out’ throughout the set seems to keep the whole crowd happy, appealing to both the older fans and the newer. It seems Brendon Urie is having fun, often deviating from the song’s original vocals to throw in a hair metal-esque squeal. He ends Hurricane with a short cover of Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus.
When he’s not telling God to “shut up and leave me alone”, explaining how sexy his mother is, or informing us that the songs are about oral sex or marijuana, Brendon has fantastic stage presence, hyping up the audience with effortless ease. After crowd-pleaser I Write Sins Not Tragedies and nipping off for a toilet break, the band return to the stage with Time To Dance before an undeniably fantastic cover of I Believe In A Thing Called Love by The Darkness. Finishing with ‘Vices and Virtues’ end track, Nearly Witches, and then leaving the stage to All Bout U by 2Pac, the masses of satisfied fans gathered around the two merch booths demonstrates just how successful this band still are. They really are a fever we can’t sweat out.