What a night it was at the O2! Four separate bands with a single purpose, to rock the sold out venue with a blaze of high octane two-tone ska-punk. There was a sizeable crowd in early to catch Suburban Legends who were the first band on and delivered an excellent set that set the pace for the rest of the evening.

Next up were ZebraHead who continued in the same vein, they are heavier than the Suburban Guys (musically speaking of course) leaning more toward the punk end of the evening. I have seen these guys a few times now and they have always delivered a set full of music with a fun edge to it. From being joined on stage by two walking beer bottles for a drinking contest to encouraging the crowd to surf their way to the pit to celebrate one of the security guys 21nd birthday (happy birthday Trevor!) they were non-stop motion from start to finish. I have always really enjoyed watching this band and tonight was no different.

The two bands at the top of the bill were taking it in turn to headline so next up we’re treated to Less Than Jake. Their blend of ska and punk is perfect music to party to on a Friday night and the now full O2 made the most of every second. Once again a good few people who started the set in the crowd ended up in the pit but it was all good-natured with no trouble.

Tonight’s final band, Reel Big Fish, have been going for over twenty years now and despite numerous line-up changes show no sign of slowing down or quitting anytime soon. Their set was a great culmination of the evening’s entertainment with yet more great music, audience participation and crowd surfing.

The upbeat ska tunes kept everyone bouncing until it was time to set off home and I for did so with a smile on my face and a spring in my step.