Review: Busted are back with a bang

Friday night, pop-rock trio Busted played their first London show in a while and we went along to check it out.

Whether you were into pop or not at the time, we all remember Year 3000 and What I Go To School For blasting on our radios in 2002 and propelling the three Essex boys into super stardom. They’ve now made a triumphant return with Night Driver, their first album in thirteen years. And their accompanying tour has us hoping they’re here to stay.

Nothing makes a twenty-somethings’ heart jump quite as much as seeing their teenage idols return live on stage – that’s a fact. And for Busted fans, Friday night was everything they’ve hoped for and more. But even for non-Busted fans, this night was something else. It’s not easy merging 00s pop-rock anthems with 80s-retro synth pop tunes but Busted form a perfect mix of both throughout the evening.

It’s clear the band has grown, and grown up at the same time. Tracks from Night Driver are sophisticated synth pop and have the potential to become indie anthems all on their own. The eerie melancholy of Coming Home for example has the room in awe of the musical potential this band still hold. And with Those Days Are Gone, Busted send us off into the night.

A night that neither the band, nor their fans will soon forget. And if you haven’t seen their huge comeback yet, make sure to catch them on the rest of their UK tour with a few tickets still available via