Don Broco announce Slam Dunk warm-up shows

Bedford’s finest Don Broco are doing a fistful of shows in the run up to headlining Slam Dunk…

Don Broco announce Slam Dunk warm-up shows
Nick Ruskell

It feels like ages since we last saw Don Broco live. Because it is. Seemingly in an attempt to balance things out again, ahead of their Slam Dunk headline shows on September 4 and 5, Rob Damiani and co have added a trio of gigs in the week leading up to the fest, on top of their sold-out hometown show on August 24. Fans in Oxford, Bristol and Bournemouth, it’s your lucky day. Look…

This will be the first time the band have played any material from their forthcoming album Amazing Things, due on September 17, including recent single Gumshield, which the band rolled out with an internet campaign suggesting Rob was entering the world of boxing and taking part in a fight against Brit boxer Dave Allen. He wasn’t, and it was all a big laugh. Plus, he’d get decked…

“After Tom’s fake wedding for the last album and the Beckham fan account hacking on our Instagram before Manchester Super Reds we wanted to bow out on one final prank,” Rob explained.

“After seeing all these YouTubers try their hand at boxing we thought it would be an interesting experiment to see if we could convince people I was deluded enough myself to fight a professional boxer. The song itself is about the anxiety that comes with posting online and the fear of resulting arguments so the divisive nature of my entrance to the sport personally hit all those triggers for me!

“Teaming up with Dave Allen on this was so much fun, hilarious guy and proper top bloke, though think I could definitely have him if we ever had a real fight…”

Dave – who appears in the video for Gumshield – says: ​“It has been a great experience working with the Don Broco team on the music video, a great bunch of lads who are very innovative and smart, Rob can’t actually fight, though.”

Catch Don Broco (gumshields not required) this summer and in autumn.


24 Bedford Esquires
31 Oxford O2 Academy


1 Bristol O2 Academy
3 Bournemouth O2 Academy
4 Leeds Slam Dunk Festival North
5 Hatfield Slam Dunk Festival South


25 Glasgow Barrowlands
27 Newcastle O2 Academy
28 Manchester Academy
29 Manchester Academy
31 Portsmouth Guildhall


1 Nottingham Rock City
2 Nottingham Rock City
4 Norwich UEA
5 London O2 Academy Brixton
6 London O2 Academy Brixton

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