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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

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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

Music News: Good Charlotte are back

Good Charlotte have returned with one of their first new songs in four years, ‘Makeshift Love’. We’re hoping that there’s a new album on in the making as well.

Good Charlotte have also been announced as the support act for All Time Low on their UK and Ireland tour in February of next year. check out the tour dates below

February

10 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
11 London O2 Arena
12 Manchester Arena
13 Birmingham Arena
15 Glasgow SSE Hydro
16 Dublin 3 Arena

Written By: Samantha Stott

Live Review – Blitz Kids – The Haunt, Brighton – 2nd April 2015

 

With a sold out show and an eager crowd it was up to Blitz Kids to kick off the night in the small and compact venue of The Haunt. This engaging quartet immediately drew the support of the lively crowd, opening with ‘Run for Cover’ and followed by ‘Sometimes’ – both guaranteed crowd pleasers!

Joe James, who possesses vocals that are both melodious and incredibly powerful had the crowd singing-along, generating an atmosphere filled with an energy and passion.

The inclusion of ‘Disaster Chapters’ and ‘Desert Storm’ in the set, both B sides from previous single releases were enthusiastically welcomed by the bands hardcore fans – both singles too good not to be brought back out again!

The tight musicianship of this band cannot be faulted, and strong vocal support from Jono Yates and Nic Montgomery added depth and strength to an engaging and professional set. The anthemic ‘All I Want’ saw Joe James bounding around the stage with the crowd providing a rousing vocal chorus.

Since the release of second album ‘The Good Youth’ the quartet have not stopped with numerous appearances across the UK. Since Slam dunk 2014 they have supported The Marmosets and Young Guns, and have also just returned from the USA after appearing at SXSW.

The faultless performance of the 9 piece set and the rousing reception received at The Haunt shows that Blitz Kids are one of the best British rock bands on the scene and their success looks set to continue, hopefully with their own, deserved headline tour later this year. If you get the chance to see Blitz Kids do not hesitate – you really will not be disappointed!

Setlist

1 Run for Cover

2 Sometimes

3 Keep Swinging

4 Desert Storm

5 Disaster Chapters

6 Sold My Soul

7 All I Want Is Everything

8 On My Own

9 Perfect

Written By: Lindsy Stott

Album Review: The Blackout – Wolves

theblackoutcd2014900_635_635_s_c1Since the release of their last album Start The Party, The Blackout have been keeping a low profile, with the last 18 months having seen them split from both their record label and management, leaving a fairly hefty debt needing to be repaid.

As a result, the band decided to try take matters into their own hand, and with the help of Kickstarter, their dream turned into reality, culminating in the release of their 5 track EP Wolves (released 27 October 2014).

Whilst Start The Party had a number of good songs, it failed to appeal to the diehard Blackout fans due to its more mainstream feel, and certainly didn’t receive the same level of acclaim as previous albums The Best In Town or Hope.

Wolves sees a welcome return to The Blackout of old with a collection of aggressive songs, loud riffs, and catchy choruses. Sean Smith’s familiar screams return with avengence in Liars and the EPs title track Wolves is like a blast from the past with crowd chanting and melodic vocals a plenty. It is a departure from their more recent work and a definite return to form.

The Blackout have put a lot of hard work into developing this EP, using their 11 year s of experience in the music industry, whilst taking control and returning to their roots.

The Blackout are currently touring the UK with this new EP, which is sure to see fans rushing to see the band back on top form.

Wolves is an exciting development that will hopefully reap rewards for the band who should be applauded for having taken the risk to take control of their future, rather than be beaten by the big boys.

If you get a chance, grab a ticket to one of the gigs, you won’t be disappointed!

8 Nov 2014 Sat, 19:00
Slade Rooms, 
Wolverhampton

9 Nov 2014 Sun, 19:00
The Fleece, 
Bristol

10 Nov 2014 Mon, 19:00
The Rescue Rooms, 
Nottingham

11 Nov 2014 Wed, 19:00
Cardiff University, 
Cardiff

12 Nov 2014 Wed, 19:00
The 1865, 
Southampton

13 Nov 2014 Thu, 19:00
Scala London, 
London

Written By: Lindsy Stott