Although they are 17 years into their career (if you include the hiatus), Busted still put on a performance that is fit for their heyday. Support on the Half Way There Tour came from Young Brando and The XCERTS.

Young Brando kicked things off in a lukewarm way, with their crowd interaction being more interesting than their music but The XCERTS followed up in the complete opposite, minimal crowd interaction but a classic performance of their alt-rock.

A quick but climactic entrance of a countdown clock and silhouette backdrop kicked Busted’s set off with an energetic rendition of recent single Nineties. The trio continued to perform at the pace of a true pop-punk show with what seemed like more energy than they had when they burst on the scene in 2002.

While songs from their more recent releases including Half Way There (2019) were featured, the majority of the set paid homage to Busted’s original era, with more featuring from debut album Busted (2002) and sophomore record A Present For Everyone (2003).

The band’s energy rubbed off on the crowd who were just as, if not more, enthusiastic, full of life and screaming back each and every lyric in time with James, Matt and Charlie.

Busted's Halfway There tour will see them at Manchester Arena on March 28, Resorts World Birmingham on March 29 and the SSE Arena in Wembley on March 30.

By Elizabeth Birt