Taking the music scene by storm The Hunna have been, step-by-step, working their way through bigger and bigger venues. Today they announced their biggest show thus far at Brixton Academy in London, taking place in January 2018 it’s one heck of a way to start the year. Tickets go on-sale on the 3rd July at 10am from usual vendors and those signed up to The Hunna‘s newsletter can get their hands on pre-sale tickets which go on-sale on June 30th.
“We have had such a great 2016 and 2017. Selling out shows across the country and getting our debut album, ‘100’, into the top 15 was an incredible achievement and we can’t thank the fans enough for helping us get to this stage. Being able to step up to the awesome Brixton Academy is next-level, and we guarantee that the fans that come down are in for a huge treat, as well as a few cool surprises!” – Ryan Potter, vocals
Pop punk’s newest heroes Waterparks showed they may be relatively new but they know how to start a show as they stormed their way through a set of crowd pleasers. Sharing their set between their EP Cluster and debut album Double Dare meant that the older tracks like Crave got a slightly louder sing-a-long but the performance never wavered. You’d hardly notice that some songs were still quite new to the band or the crowd. 7/10
Punk rock band SWMRS took to the stage next set to prove that it wasn’t just a pop punk night tonight. From the get go they were on overdrive, with head banging and foot stomping galore. The energy they fed into the crowd started the first noticeable jostling; the music seemed to be going down well too with a vast majority of the crowd pitching in with lyrics. 7/10
Quite literally kicking things off with Kicking and Screaming, All Time Low bounded out onto the stage to a deafening roar of approval from their fans. This might be a tour that is noticeably smaller than their last visit to the UK in which they played arena size venues, but from the impressive lighting rig to the packed out shows it’s clear this is no small date in the calendar. Bounding around the stage the guys show off their usual antics; there is much talk of penis’, women and Jack collects his standard amount of bras. Yet at the same time, everything feels new, the confidence, the energy, it all feels renewed. It could be coincidence, it could be to do with their recent signing to Fueled By Ramen but something has them bouncing that little bit higher tonight. Launching through an assortment of their hits; Weightless, Something’s Gotta Give and Kids In The Dark, to name but a few, everything feels polished and shiny. Whilst they are arguably a very different band to what they used to be, they’ve adapted and tried to accommodate old and new fans alike with a variety of songs from across their back catalogue.
With the upcoming album Last Young Renegade on it’s way imminently it was only fitting they play the first single off of it, Dirty Laundry. The only surprise was how well everyone in the crowd knew it, from an outside perspective it wouldn’t be apparent at all that it was a new song. Towards the end of the set Therapy made an appearance which had the entire crowd singing along to every word, quite a moving moment with old and new fans coming together on what is considered a bit of a classic for All Time Low. Rounding off the encore with Dear Maria, Count Me In was always going to end well and it was a real feel good affair with the crowd shouting every word and the band bouncing around with renewed vigor. Is this a band that has staying power? Definitely. Did they deliver? 100%. The banter might need some work but the performance is golden. 9/10
Opening up the night were Basement, who were a bit of a surprise to see on the lineup to start with due to their completely different sound from the head liners Bring Me The Horizon. However, the arena-sized venue didn’t seem to phase the Ipswich 5 piece at all. As they shredded through their half hour set with energy and boldness, the growing crowd seemed to appreciate it more and more as the songs became more aggressive. For a smaller band playing a support slot in an arena show, they did well to manage with the confined space available and the lack of die hard fans in the crowd. [6/10]
Don Broco were next up, and it seemed everyone was familiar with them if not fully declaring themselves as fans. As soon as the first notes stuck out across the arena floor the crowd were moving and by the end of that track there were multiple puts open in the sea of people. Frontman Rob Damiani has a stage presence that rivals even some of the best today as he walks with a swagger about the stage, and he was on fine form. The band seamlessly swapped places to spread their attention across the enormous room and everyone got their fair share of Broco action. One of the best singalongs of the whole night came for their track Nerve from the Automatic album and it was as if every member of the then full audience knew it by heart or learned the chorus pretty quickly. Despite Rob’s voice apparently being nearly gone, the audience were virtually foaming at the mouth waiting for the headliners and if that doesn’t say volumes about how much hype Don Broco create, nothing will. [8/10]
Finally, it was Bring Me The Horizon‘s go to try to top the supports and within seconds their intent was clear. They came crashing out onto the stage with the first single from their latest album That’s The Spirit with choruses of “sing along a little f***ing louder to a happy song and you’ll be just fine” that the crowd knew all too well. They followed up with Go To Hell For Heaven’s Sake and by the time The House of Wolves hit the speakers, those watching on had already created multiple pits to show their appreciation.
The middle two songs of the setlist showed just how the band has changed in the last eight years, with Chelsea Smile being the only remaining taste of the pre-Sempiternal era in the show and Follow You being the most pop-influenced vocal Bring Me The Horizon have ever produced. The former showed Oli had the crowd completely in his control as he made everyone in the venue (including in the stands) sit down as he screamed the “Repent! Repent!” section out and jump as the chugging rhythm hit once more. Follow You was a deeply emotive experience, especially when followed with a speech about how the fans of the band had saved his life before Sleepwalking. This was then followed with an extended introduction to Doomed as Oli recited a poem about nihilism and death which was immaculately written.
The highlight of the main body of the set was Antivist, which saw Oli using growls and highs in his vocals (see video below) which are rare in their performances nowadays. The track has been described as “Chelsea Smile part two” and this was shown pretty clearly in this performance. The main body of the set was closed with an energetic rendition of Throne which saw the standing crowd bouncing like pistons throughout to finish a very full-on twelve songs.
The short break before the encore saw pretty much everyone in the venue shouting for more of the band, though they didn’t get what they may have expected. True Friends was the first to ring out, but then came Oh No which marks the first time this has been played in a tour setlist in the UK for the band. Last up came Drown, the transition song to the new era, during which Oli caused sheer pandemonium by means of arena-sized crowdsurfing. A fitting end to a great set.
Overall, Bring Me The Horizon show clearly that a concert is more than just a musical performance: it is an experience. The giant screens taking up the entirety of the stage backdrop and the huge blocks that formed their setup showed how much the band have come on since their days of being bottled in dingy pubs nearly fifteen years ago. Most bands wouldn’t even dream of playing videos of Luftwaffe bombings and implied beatings in religious circumstances, but BMTH do it without a second thought. Despite a few slip-ups including Oli coming in on the wrong verse to start Can You Feel My Heart and his voice not holding out for some extended notes, a monumental success for the band. They will hit new heights very soon, guaranteed.
See the video of Antivist below, filmed by YouTube user owenstone100 (WARNING: contains very strong language).
This will be the first time the two giants of rock have never shared the stage before so what a better opportunity that a show at one of the biggest UK venues!
The two bands however have come into a bit of contact before, not to mention the Shikari Sound System remix of Bring Me The Horizon‘s Can You Feel My Heart from 2013’s Sempiternal, which you can hear below: