Not even a severe thunderstorm could stop Flogging Molly fans from venturing out to Echo Beach to see the band perform in Toronto. With the dark clouds quickly approaching, the bands bumped up their set times in the hopes to beat the storm, which worked out for everyone except Social Distortion who was forced to cancel due to the lightning.
I have never seen Flogging Molly before, but I was sure glad that I made the trip out to see them as their set was really energetic. Between their upbeat celtic punk, frontman Dave King’s unmistakable vocals and his constant engagement with the crowd, it was a no brainer as to why the beach was packed with people dancing and singing along. It was like a St. Patty’s day party in the middle of the summer. Even if you weren’t really familiar with their music they still had a way of making you want to stomp and clap along to all of their songs, there wasn’t a single person standing still throughout the night. Despite the incoming lightning that was slowly creeping it’s way towards the beach, the band was able to finish their 13 song set which contained a mix of new and old tracks such as “Dead Lullabies”, “The Days We’ve Yet To Meet”, and “Float”.
At the end of the night, it was evident to see why so many people love this band as they closed their set with “If I Ever Leave This World Alive”. I’d highly recommend checking them out at least once, even if celtic punk isn’t your cup of tea. You’ll be in for a good time.