Tag Archives: london

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

Advertisements

Feature: Kids In Glass Houses, London, Koko, 29th October 2014

KIGH - Koko - 29th October-40Wednesday 29th October, Kokos Camden; a date and venue that for those privileged enough to have got a ticket to this sold out event, will never be forgotten.

It was here that Kids in Glass Houses performed their penultimate show, to a packed house of emotional and vocal fans. The atmosphere was that of a raucous party – with everyone set on having an unforgettable night whilst trying hard to ignore the fact that this was probably the last time that they would witness these five great guys together on stage!

Kids in Glass Houses, despite struggling at times to remain composed in the face of such ardent support, performed a phenomenal set, doing what they do best – entertaining a crowd with great music! Aled Phillips vocals were superb throughout, and his talent clearly showcased in his solo acoustic delivery of Raise Hell – he possesses a voice that begs to be heard, whether belting out the anthemic choruses of Diamond Days, Lilli Rose and Saturday or the softer ballad Morning Afterlife.

The 19 song set, played with sheer talent and true passion from the band members, Aled, Iain, Joel, Philip and Shay included a four song encore which ended with Matters at All, a fitting and emotional end to an overwhelming night, yes, there were tears flowing not only from the band but from so many of their loyal fans and friends. This group of genuinely humble guys from South Wales (who I don’t think have ever really believed just how good they are) will be sorely missed; they have succeeded on leaving the British music scene on a high and deservedly so, but will leave a void that will be so very hard to fill!

Written By: Lindsy Stott

Photography By: Samantha Stott