• Camie Dudziak

Mayday Parade: Welcome to Sunnyland Tour Boston, MA (11/10/18)

Mayday Parade has a way of making every venue feel like home. I’ve been fortunate enough to see them 12 times now, in an array of venues of all shapes and sizes, in countless different cities, yet all of them feeling like that is exactly where I was supposed to be.

You would think after 12 shows I would be over it, as their sets are very similar from one show to another. Yet for this 12thshow at House of Blues Boston on November 10th, they blew me away. It was, by far, the best show Mayday Parade has ever put on, and I say that with complete confidence.

The Welcome to Sunnyland tour consists of support from This Wild Life, William Ryan Key (formerly of Yellowcard), and Oh, Weatherly. I missed Oh, Weatherly’s set, but Ryan Key and This Wild Life both put on amazing sets, and had me crying from laughing so hard (especially This Wild Life). There could not have been better opening acts for this tour.

Mayday Parade themselves were absolutely incredible beyond words. Their energy is unmatchable, and you can feel the emotion radiated between the band and the audience. Their set list was one of the best they could’ve come up with. But what I really want to talk about was the production.

The set they had on stage was beautiful, focusing on the trees from the cover of the Sunnylandalbum art, and when the lights dimmed, the stars came out to play. Whoever was working the lighting at that show deserves a raise. It was mesmerizing. It matched the energy of each of the songs exactly, and it added so much to their performance. I was, and still am, in complete awe.

I grew up going to Mayday shows. I’ve seen them do everything. But their show on Saturday was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It is up there as one of the best concerts I have ever attended, and that’s a big, big deal. So, and I cannot stress this enough, take the time to go see Mayday Parade on this tour. You will not be disappointed. You’ll laugh, dance, cry, and feel so at home. You won’t regret it.

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