Have you had an Emo phase? Would you like to start yours today? Have you ever experienced a performance that left you breathless and wanting more? Let me introduce you to Bring Me The Horizon (BMTH) from Sheffield to your bucket list. This face-melting band has been going strong since 2004 and is still going hard as metal. Their recent performance in Bournemouth was no exception.
The show started with a bang of confetti and rawing music, setting the tone for the rest of the night. The virtual character guiding and hyping up the audience throughout the show was one of the many cogs in the production machine that is BMTH. From incredible pyrotechnics, lasers, confetti, and even making it snow, every visual aspect of the show was eye candy.
The show was hosted by a virtual character who kept the audience engaged and hyped up throughout the performance. The character was one of the many elements that made the production machine that was BMTH. The pyrotechnics, lasers, confetti, and even snow added to the visual spectacle of the show. The huge wall-to-wall screen made the stage constantly dynamic, with visuals ranging from the aesthetics of a gothic church to a screaming demon angel, a frozen landscape, and post-apocalyptic figures. The stage had your attention in a headlock – much like the moshpits in the stalls.
The music was as electrifying as the visuals. From the moment opener DArkSide hit full throttle, BMTH was on fire that evening. The songs were a mix of modern metal classics and new hits that had the crowd headbanging and singing along all the way to the encore playing out with Throne. Lead singer Oli Sykes even had us record sound snippets for an upcoming song, making each and every one of us feel like part of something greater, I found it such a unique way to make the in-person experience something that can’t simply be conveyed over streaming.
BMTH made sure to spoil us with their new single Kool-Aid which was my personal highlight of the night. The song is a testament to the band’s ability to evolve and stay relevant in the ever-changing music industry, it’s a clear new fan favourite. 20 years of music and still pumping out headbangers.
The moshpits were not for the faint-hearted, but only the most hardened fans were in the centre stalls at war with each other. The show was a visual and auditory feast that left the audience breathless and wanting more. BMTH’s performance was supported by Cassyette and Bad Omens, who were equally impressive. The show was a testament to the band’s longevity and their ability to put on a show that is both visually and musically stunning.
BMTH’s performance in Bournemouth was a spectacle that will be remembered for years to come. The band’s ability to put on a show that is both visually and musically stunning is a testament to their longevity in the music industry. If you haven’t seen BMTH live yet, then you’re missing out on one of the most iconic performances in the music industry.
Words & Photos by Matt Clark