Set It Off's Midnight World Tour at The Abbey
Article + photos by Hanna Branch
Florida natives Set It Off are currently on their Midnight World Tour, with the first leg being North America. They made a stop in Orlando, Florida on March 15 for a sold out show at The Abbey. The venue, while being on the smaller side, was packed with fans as soon as doors opened. Set It Off’s, Maxx Danziger, is originally from Orlando, making this show a very special one for him. Vocalist Cody Carson mentioned how the Orlando date of the tour meant a lot to him as well - many of his family members attended the show! It was no secret that Set It Off had high expectations for Orlando, and they were not disappointed.
Super Whatevr and With Confidence are support for the North American leg of the tour and were met with enthusiasm from the crowd. With Confidence brought out a sign language interpreter to sign their set, making the show all the more inclusive. We previously covered As It Is, who also had a sign language interpreter. It’s fantastic to see more artists including sign language into their live performances so that the show is enjoyable for all. Both Super Whatevr and With Confidence handled the crowd with grace and eagerness- they encouraged crowd surfers and even invited attendees on stage for a few of their songs.
When it was time for Set It Off to take to the stage, a large video board behind the drum kit flashed to life as a voice rang over the crowd announcing, “It is two minutes to midnight,” while the board displayed a clock counting to, you guessed it, midnight. This reference to not only the album title, but the tour as well, was a nice way to spark excitement in the crowd.
As the clock struck midnight, Set It Off stormed the stage and went immediately into their opening song, “Lonely Dance.” Other hit songs played throughout the night included, “Uncontainable,” “Killer in the Mirror,” and “Why Worry.”
One very special song, “Unopened Windows,” is a tribute to Cody Carson’s late father and had not only Carson in tears, but the crowd as well. The emotion was tangible in that moment, connecting the entire venue, band and fans alike. Towards the end of the set, the band played a medly of their older songs which included “Dream Catcher,” “Ancient History,” and “Swan Song.”
While shows at large venues can be a lot of fun, there is no denying the intimacy one feels during a small show in venues like The Abbey. Everyone is connected in a unique way simply because of the music they showed up to support. Set It Off know how to not only attract a crowd, but also how to own the stage. I highly suggest adding Set It Off on your “to-see” list so you can see their dedication and high energy for yourself!