Trick or treat? Definitely a massive treat that the Bring Me The Horizon lads have organised for their fans.
Teaming up with Enter Shikari for a one off special show, the gig promised to be one to remember.
Putting on a show bursting with the energy of a headline gig, Enter Shikari went in for the kill. Armed with a set list full of long loved classics and the best hits from their recent ‘Mindsweeper’ album it was more than a treat for the fans.
The energy levels inside the O2 arena were already at their highest level and ‘Juggernauts’ and ‘Sorry You’re Not A Winner’ sent the crowd into overdrive.
Giving their newest masterpiece the live treatment, Chris Batten, Rou Reynolds, Rory Clewlow and Rob Rolfe performed their recent single ‘Hoodwinker’ and it went down a storm with the fans.
The moshing and general mayhem getting wilder minute by minute. During the beautiful ‘Redshift’ everyone prepared for the wild finale of the Enter Shikari set.
As it was Halloween and time to party, Enter Shikari went all out with an epic live drum and bass version of ‘Anaesthetist’.
Wrapping up their last gig of the year, singer Rou Reynolds asked the crowd ‘ Are there any mindsweepers out there?’ before finishing their set with ‘The Appeal & the Mindsweep II’.
What a show that was. The crowd was definitely pumped now, ready for the headliners Bring Me The Horizon.
Kicking off their big 2016 arena tour, Bring Me The Horizon started with a massive bash at London’s O2 arena on 31st October 2016.
BMTH showed right from the start that they were here to trash the place.
As if on cue, ‘Happy Song’ was the big opener which saw the crowd shouting ‘S.P.I.R.I.T. – Spirit, let’s hear it’ on top of their voices. A few seconds into the impressive headliner show and it was already clear that the fans were in for a special one.
The massive stage illuminated by big video screens, accommodate drummer Matt Nicholls and Jordan Fisher on top of the biggest screens, overseeing the masses in front of the band.
Leaving the crowd no room to breathe, Bring Me The Horizon launched straight into ‘Go To Hell For Heaven’s sake’ from their previous album ‘Sempiternal’.
Showing what you can do with a big arena tour, BMTH had amazing visuals accompanying their whole set. During ‘Avalanche’ the O2 arena almost turned into an icy winter wonderland, with the video walls depicting and abstract version of an avalanche crashing down on stage.
As per usual, singer Oli Sykes challenged the crowd to ‘Open this fucking place up as far as it goes!’, obviously the fans happily obliged, highly aware that they are trying to compete for the best wall of death in history as the two sides of the crowd crash into each other to the sounds of ‘Chelsea Grin’.
Showcasing their 2015 album ‘That’s The Spirit’ during the arena tour, Bring Me The Horizon proof that evolving your musical style is a good thing, people change and so does the music. It was no surprise that the newer songs got a lot of response from the punters, however older material like ‘Can You Feel My Heart’, sounded fucking huge.
The energy that was radiating from the stage throughout the whole gig was intoxicating. There was no one who stood still during the concert. ‘Antivist’ and ‘Throne’ saw the fans tirelessly jumping around in the mosh pits before the encore.
Coming back strong for the finale, Oli Sykes, Jordan Fish, Matt Kean, Lee Malia and Matt Nicholls put on a show worthy of a future festival headliner spot, as they went in with ‘True Friends’.
It seemed like the show wasn’t stopping anytime soon, BMTH and all the fans had an awesome time together and everyone wanted it to last forever.
Sadly all good things have come to an end, thankfully Bring Me The Horizon sent off their fans into the fairly warm October night with an epic performance of ‘Drown’.
The whole place went crazy for the last 3 minutes of the concert, singing their hearts out, giving it their all in the mosh pit or trying to climb over the barriers into the pit to high five Oli on stage.
It may have annoyed the security team, but the small gesture from Oli, encouraging the fans to try and get to him, just shows that Bring Me The Horizon care for their fans and the fans damn well return the love by showing up in thousands to the shows, trashing the whole place and putting a smile on the bands faces.