Bowling For Soup // As December Falls // Lets Make Some Pour Decisions Tour – Live Review // The Telegraph Building // Belfast

So this one wraps up a crazy week on the Northern Ireland Music scene, an explosive amount of bands landed over post Download filling up their touring schedule meant we had a week to remember!

Bowling For Soup tonight at The Telegraph Building is the last run of punk-rock/metal bands on our doorstep for a wee while, but not too long, hopefully just long enough for my hearing to recover! I shit you not they’re still ringing!

Tonight’s show is another sold-out affair for Bowling For Soup! Northern Ireland does seem to have a thing for the lads and this being my first ever BFS show my cherry is about to be popped … and then some!

Up first we have British Pop-rockers As December Falls, a highly melodic and addictive female-fronted crew that has all the moves to charm this Belfast crowd. Unknown to me this is their 3rd time playing the city, previously with BFS so it’s says something when the headliner ask you back on tour once again as to just how highly they regard you.

They clearly seem to be enjoying the day job, the smiles are a mile wide and the response from the crowd is resonating with the band and the energy back into the crowd. The support role can be a tough one  but ADF seem to be taking it all in their stride making it look easy. A killer set, a band oozing charm and charisma it’s not hard to see what ADF are so popular, ones to watch for sure!

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A 30-minute set flies by and before you know it the stage is cleared and ready for BFS. Formed in Witchita Texas back in 1994  they celebrate 30 years this year as one of rock’s favourite bands. A sold out show half way across the world in a sizeable venue tells you all you need to know as to how much this bands music has resonated over the years with its fans. The big hitters like “Girl All The Bad Guys Want” and “1985” maybe the ones everyone know but 11 studio albums later there is no shortage of material to rock Belfast to its core!

The crowd was already buzzing before they even took the stage, a mix of longtime fans and some newer ones, all equally excited. The Telegraph Building, with its rustic, industrial charm, was the perfect backdrop for a night of punk rock nostalgia. As soon as the lights dimmed and the opening chords of “Suckerpunch” blasted through the speakers, the place erupted. Jaret Reddick’s voice was spot on, and you could tell the band was just as pumped as we were.

Throughout the set, they played all the hits we were hoping for. “Girl All The Bad Guys Want” had everyone singing along at the top of their lungs, and “High School Never Ends” took us all back to those simpler, awkward times. Chris Burney was absent sadly recovering from an operatio back home, we wish him well and a speedy recovery.

One of the highlights was when they performed “Almost.” The whole room was a sea of waving arms and swaying bodies. Rob Felicetti’s basslines were as solid as ever, and Gary Wiseman on drums was the powerhouse driving each song forward. There was a special moment when Jaret dedicated “Punk Rock 101” to all the ‘kids’ in the room who grew up on their music, and it felt like a heartfelt nod to the fans who’ve been with them through the years and of course a photo op with As December Falls, as you do!

The band’s banter between songs was hilarious and made the night feel even more personal. They cracked jokes, told stories, and made us feel like part of their crazy, fun-loving family. By the time they wrapped up with “1985,” everyone was on a high.

Leaving the venue, you could see smiles all around, people chatting excitedly about their favorite moments. Bowling For Soup didn’t just play a gig tonight; they created an unforgettable experience. If you ever get the chance to see them live, don’t miss it. They’re not just a band; they’re an experience, a joyous, punk-filled trip down memory lane.

Rock on, Belfast! Until next time! No doubt we’ll see them again in 2025 for their 20 years of “A Hangover You Don’t Deserve”, which will be played in its entirety, going by tonights craic, it will be we worth it!

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Photos & Review : Mark McGrogan

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Pop punk legends, the Grammy nominated Bowling For Soup are delighted to announce their February 2025 UK tour, celebrating 20 years of one of their most successful albums, the fantastic A Hangover You Don’t Deserve

Aptly named ‘A Hangover You Don’t Deserve 20th Anniversary Tour’, Bowling For Soup will be playing the album in full, plus a host of other hits from their 30-year career. Having wowed enormous crowds once again with their first Download Festival performances since 2014, BFS are delighted to be once again planning a full tour in their home away from home here in the UK.

If that’s not enough exciting news, Bowling For Soup are bringing Teenage Dirtbag creators Wheatus and rapidly rising Florida pop punk outfit Magnolia Park with them to make this the party of the year!

Taking in a wide rage of locations, the ten date February 2025 tour will visit the following towns and cities across England, Scotland and Wales:

Bowling For Soup – A Hangover You Don’t Deserve UK Tour February 2025 w/ Wheatus & Magnolia Park

05/02 – Blackpool – Empress Ballroom
06/02 – Edinburgh – 02 Academy
07/02 – Stockton On Tees – Stockton Globe
08/02 – Manchester – Aviva Studios
09/02 – Wolverhampton – The Civic At The Halls
11/02 – Plymouth – Plymouth Pavillions
12/02 – Swansea – Swansea Arena
13/02 – Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena
14/02 – Brighton – Brighton Centre
15/02 – Bournemouth – Bournemouth Intl Centre

Tickets for the tour will go on general sale Friday 21st of June at 10am UK time. Selected venue pre-sales will begin from Wednesday 19th of June, with the AEG pre-sale and other venue pre-sales taking place on the 20th of June. Please check your preferred ticket provider and/or local venue website for more details.

Bowling For Soup VIP packages will be available on this tour – for full information on the VIP packages, as well as ticketing links and further information for the tour, please visit

With Bowling For Soup planning to play their hit album A Hangover You Don’t Deserve in full on this UK tour, the band have recently revisited several songs off that album, re-recording them as part of their 2023 Greatest Hits album Songs People Actually Liked Volume 2.

Alongside this, they have been releasing new videos for some of their classic hits, most recently for High School Never Ends. For the new version of their 2006 classic, BFS have dropped an animated video choc full of pop culture references. It’s a case of seeing how many movies you can spot while you sing along to one of the bands’ most loved songs. Check out the video for High School Never Ends (BFS Version) below:

And I’m pretty much the same as I was back then….High School Never Ends!
High School Never Ends (BFS Version) is also available to stream, along wth the rest of Songs People Actually Liked – Volume 2 on Spotify now. And if you love vinyl, a range of BFS releases are available from the BFS UK online store on this link.
Bowling For Soup are:

Jaret Reddick
Guitar and vocals
Chris Burney
Rob Felicetti
Bass and backing vocals
Gary Wiseman