hmv.com reviews... Bring Me The Horizon @ Download Festival
Download Festival, the annual pilgrimage of thousands of rock and metal fans to a field just off the M1 to watch over 100 bands is here. hmv.com will be bringing you reviews and interviews from the festival across the weekend. Our second day at Download Festival continues with Bring Me The Horizon and one of their rare UK appearances in 2014. Let's see how they got on...
Bring Me The Horizon, Sheffield noiseniks, coming to the end of their touring cycle in support of the superb Sempiternal (which you can preview by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the page).
Download Festival, on the Main Stage, third from the top.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The crowd was huge, probably the biggest of the weekend so far. The set coincided with the sun's return to the sky, but that didn't hold back the crowd who were full of vigour and energy from the start to the end. There were circle pits aplenty.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The hour-long set focused heavily on material from Sempiternal, it kicked off with 'Shadow Moses' and moved through the gears with the likes of 'The House Of Wolves', 'Empire (Let Them Sing)' and 'Antivist' all aired and all scoring huge reactions from the crowd. There were a few nods to the past too, with 'Chelsea Smile and 'Diamonds Aren't Forever' in the mix. It went by in a blur, with no bum notes.
Any good between song banter?
Lots. Frontman Oli Sykes has always had this brooding intensity about him and is able to be guttural and poetic in the same sentence. He dedicated one song to 'B*****ds', but also couldn't stop praising the crowd and telling them how wonderful they were. It's an odd, but captivating mixture.
Did they put on much of a show?
The bigger they get, the more they bring out. This time as well as a huge logo and lit up initials, the band brought out pyro, dry ice and sparklers. It was quite something.
What was the highlight of the set?
It was a set with nothing but bangers, but 'Can You Feel My Heart?' was particularly special, it just cut through everything.
Where can I catch them next?
They're about to head off on another huge US tour, but they're back in the UK in December for their biggest headline show to date at London's Wembley Arena.
hmv.com will be at Download Festival across the weekend of June 13th to June 15th, bringing you interviews and reviews.