Live review: Bring Me The Horizon – O2 London – 31st Oct and 5th Nov 2016

BRING ME THE HORIZON ARE AN ARENA BAND NOW

Bring Me the Horizon are in the midst of their first sell out arena tour across the UK – their biggest tour to date – even playing two sell out nights at the O2, London before heading on to Europe.

Not only are BMTH, as they are known amongst their fan base, rapidly staking their claim the best Alternative Rock/Metal band around but are on the verge of eclipsing pretty much every other modern rock band. As well as proving that they are a fantastic arena band, blending seamless production with mind-blowing graphics that together produce a stunning and powerful show, BMTH look completely at home, commanding every inch of the cavernous surroundings, as though this is where they have always meant to be.

An explosive entrance, complete with a torrent of streamers launched BMTH straight into Happy Song and this fusion of energy, pyrotechnics, smoke, light continue right through until the last chords of an arresting rendition of Drown;t he singalongs are big, the mosh pits bigger and rarely has a standing crowd been so big or lively at such a venue.

Follow You, a prime example of Bring Me The Horizon’s newer material incorporating a more progressive sound has been readily accepted by the older fans who were rewarded by a rare performance of Crucify Me and pounding Chelsea Smile from 2008, dispelling any thoughts that this band may have lost the bite that has been their trademark. The music remains loud, strong and exciting, and a true accomplishment that a band can so successfully mix up so many different genres and elements whilst continuing to push the boundaries.

Oli Sykes – whose vocals are on point throughout, seems to have grown in confidence; with a confident swagger Oli commands the stage with a sureness that even sees him sharing with the audience the ‘loss of a wife, and a friend this year’. The heavier songs – House of Wolves and Antivist – from the band’s previous album Sempiternal stand out, an energizing combination of noise and melody whilst the supporting vocals of Jordan Fish and Lee Malia on songs like Sempiternal and Doomed are without doubt equally impressive.

There is so much talent in this band, clearly displayed throughout this big, bold and captivating show. The slick staging, big screens and overall presence of this deserving band, Oli, Jordan, Matt, Lee and Matt brought The O2 to its knees, not once but twice.

BMTH are good – VERY good!!!

Set list

​​Happy Song 

​​Go to Hell, for Heaven’s Sake 

​​The House of Wolves 

​​Avalanche 

​​The Best Is Yet to Come 

​​Shadow Moses 

​​Chelsea Smile 

​​Follow You 

​​Crucify Me 

​​Sleepwalking 

​​Doomed 

​​Can You Feel My Heart 

​​Antivist 

​​Throne 

​​Encore:

​​True Friends 

​​Oh No 

​​Drown

Written by: Lindsy Stott

Festival News: Slam Dunk Festival adds a brand new stage

Slam Dunk Festival has added a brand new stage and lots more bands to this years line up
The following artists have been announced for he new acoustic/solo stage:

The Rocket Summer

Rob Lynch

Away Days

Elder Brother

Greywind

Grumble Bee

Seafoal

Bethan Leadley

Lianne Kaye
Check out the poster below for the full line up  

 

Festival News: Warped Tour 2016 lineup announcement

Vans Warped Tour turns 22 this year and the organisers have gone all out with this years line up and bot is it a blast from the past. 

This year’s festival includes the first extended US tour from Sum 41 since 2012, and first extensive run on Warped Tour since 2010. Other blasts from the past joining the tour include the first Warped Tour appearances from pop-punk legends Good Charlotte Bullet for my Valentine, who last played the tour over a decade ago and Orange County, California metalcore giants Atreyu. 

There are a whole host of other bands to get excited about who will be on the entire tour, including, New Found Glory, Yellowcard, Four Year Strong, The Story So Far, Real Friends and State Champs are all co-headlining this year’s Main Stage. As well as Mayday Parade, The Maine, We the Kings and Set It Off all making appearances. U.K. Bands being reprinted include Young Guns and ROAM

You can check out the entire lineup below, along with which dates each act will appear at this summer and a full routing. We’ll see you this summer!

Journey’s Left Foot Stage

Falling in Reverse

Four Year Strong

Good Charlotte (7/19 – 7/28)

Less Than Jake

New Found Glory

Reel Big Fish

Set It Off

Sum 41 (6/26 – 8/7)

The Summer Set (7/30 – 8/13)

We the Kings

Yellowcard

Journey’s Right Foot Stage

3OH!3 (7/21 – 7/31)

Issues

The Maine

Mayday Parade

Pepper (6/24 – 6/29, 7/1 – 7/22)

Real Friends

Sleeping with Sirens

State Champs

The Story So Far

Tonight Alive

Monster Party Stage (North)

Atreyu (7/19 – 8/7)

Bullet for My Valentine (7/19 – 7/22)

The Color Morale

Crown the Empire

Every Time I Die

Ice Nine Kills

Motionless in White

Volumes (6/24 – 7/17)

Whitechapel

The Word Alive

Monster Party Stage (South)

Chelsea Grin

coldrain

Cruel Hand

From Ashes to New

Gideon

In Hearts Wake

Oceans Ate Alaska

Vanna

Veil of Maya

Poseidon Stage

Emarosa

The Heirs

The Interrupters

I See Stars

Knuckle Puck

Masked Intruder

PROF (7/26 – 8/13)

ROAM

Secrets

Young Guns

Cyclops Stage

Against the Current

Assuming We Survive

Ballyhoo!

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!

Ghost Town

Sykes

Teenage Bottlerocket

Too Close to Touch

Waterparks

Full Sail Stage

Avion Roe (6/24 – 7/21)

Bad Seed Rising (6/24 – 7/27)

Broadside

Cane Hill

Capsize (7/17 – 8/13)

Dash Ten

Hail the Sun (6/24 – 7/16)

Like Pacific

More to Monroe (7/28 – 8/13)

Mother Feather

The New Low

Old Wounds

Payale Royale

Reckless Serenade

SayWeCanFly

Silent Planet (6/24 – 7/17)

Wage War

With Confidence
Vans Warped Tour Dates
6/22 – Anchorage, AK – George M. Sullivan Sports Arena (Road to Warped Tour)

6/24 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

6/25 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center

6/26 – Houston, TX – NRG Park – Main Street Lot

6/27 – New Orleans, LA – Mardi Gras World

6/29 – Nashville, TN – The Fairgrounds Nashville

6/30 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheater

7/1 – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park

7/2 – Orlando, FL – Tinker Field

7/3 – West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheater at the South Central Fairgrounds

7/5 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte

7/6 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

7/7 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater

7/8 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion

7/9 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater

7/10 – Hartford, CT – The Xfinity Theatre

7/11 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

7/13 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

7/14 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake PAC

7/15 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagra Pavilion

7/16 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion

7/17 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

7/19 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center

7/20 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center

7/21 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

7/22 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills

7/23 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

7/24 – Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park

7/26 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheater

7/27 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

7/28 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

7/30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark

7/31 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center Arena Lot

8/1 – Albuquerque, NM – Balloon Fiesta Park

8/2 – Scottsdale, AZ – Salt River Fields

8/5 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium at Jack Murphy Field

8/6 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater

8/7 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex

8/9 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

8/11 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center

8/12 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater

8/13 – Portland, OR – Portland Expo Center

Album Review: The People The Poet – Paradise Closed

The People The Poet – Paradise Closed

Release date: April 1st 2016

Members: Leon Stanford – Vocals, Tyla Campbell – Guitar, Pete Mills – Bass, Lewis Rowsell – Drums

The Pontypridd rock outfit made lots of new friends at SXSW in Austin, Texas – so much so that the have been invited back again this year. In addition, they will shortly be releasing a new 6 track EP ‘ Paradise Closed’ – a follow up to their critically-acclaimed debut album The Narrator (2013).

‘Happy Being Miserable’ – an upbeat song that is the opening track for a more carefully produced and accomplished collection of songs than the band have previously released . This track is a witty,  heavily laden sarcastic track that is both fun and catchy

‘Club 27’ follows and is by contrast a blues based track and the forthcoming single to be released on 15th March. With a sound that could be likened to Bruce Springstein’ this is a strong anthem track that deserves to receive due acclaim being a stand out song that pays tribute to some of the music world’s young losses; this will definitely engage audiences and have them singing along

‘Matchday’ – this previous released single which has received an encouraging amount of airplay as well as having been used for Welsh Rugby Union coverage – reminiscent of the Killer’s Sam’s Town, with Leon Stanford duetting with occasional support singer Greta Isaac.

‘Same Heart’ – reminiscent of Kings of Leon – an undulating and rolling track with strong drum tempo, lyrically very clever and thought provoking, supported by haunting and delicate guitar riffs.

‘Needle In A Haystack’ – a track that would slip easily into a Coldplay album, another catchy track with changing tempos, it is quite simply instrumentally brilliant.

‘When The Fire Goes Out’ a memorable track with strong acoustics and leading piano. The soft tempo of this track, with delicate guitars, builds to showcase a depth to Leon’s voice that is a match for Chris Martin or Bono.

This EP is superb and showcases a variety and depth to their music and songwriting that few bands around at the moment have, and without doubt the best they have written so far. This band have produced an EP of quality that deserves serious recognition; this band have a strong future.

5/5

Written By: Lindsy Stott

Festival News: Hevy Fest add to their Lineup

Hevy Fest announce its second set of bands for this years festival

These include Enter Shikari who will be headlining the Saturday night at the festival

Hevy Fest will place at Newhaven across the weekend of 19th-20th August.

Tickets on sale now.

Below is the current list of bands announced:

Enter Shikari
The Bronx
La Dispute
Heart Of A Coward
I Killed The Prom Queen
Arcane Roots
Rolo Tomassi
Agent Fresco
TRC
Good Tiger
Intervals
SHVPES
Giants
Max Raptor
Slabdragger
Falls
Calls Landing
Plini
Bad Sign
Wars

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