Fresh from trashing Coldplay’s table at the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas, Oli Sykes and gang played an Electric War Child show last night
Bring Me The Horizon performing at London’s Electric Brixton as part of BRITs Week 2016 together with O2, raising funds for War Child. Go to www.warchild.org.uk/passport for details.
Early arrivals bagged prime position in a venue that would become a writhing pit of manic moshing.
Support act Zibra set the tone of frenzied rock chaos, even reimagining the classic ‘foot on monitors’ stance.
Sundara Karma delivered a set of melodic atmos-rock, singer Oscar Pollock seducing the room with his elastic tonsiled torch rock croon.
Bring Me The Horizon’s set was a dazzling multi-media affair from the off, with lyrics and visuals blazing from the stage-wide screen as they kicked off with ‘Doomed’ and ‘Happy Song’.
Fresh from destroying Coldplay’s table at the NME Awards – they’ll be picking quinoa out of the carpet for months – Oli Sykes was a frenetic dervish, howling through ‘Go To Hell, For Heaven’s Sake’ and demanding the crowd “run around like a f-ing maniac! Circle pit!” during ‘The House Of Wolves’.
“It’s the first time we’ve played this one,” Sykes told the crowd ahead of the live debut of the anthemic ‘Follow You’, complete with fire visuals, while jets of steam filled the venue throughout the set.
The intimate environs gave the show an electric feel, the crowd going wild to ‘Shadow Moses’, ”Sleepwalking’, ‘Real Friends’ and Sykes’ “personal favourite” ‘Throne’ and obeying his orders to “have a dirty protest” and “wall of death!” along to ‘Antivist’.
Having crushed arena sized rock insanity into a small club, BMTH’s encore of ‘Blessed With A Curse’ and ‘Drown’ went off like an h-bomb as the entire venue erupted into the sort of crazed mosh frenzy that might have the curators of the Royal Albert Hall worried for their antique fittings ahead of BMTH’s Teenage Cancer Trust show there in April.
The show was part of a week of Brits gigs involving major acts playing tiny venues and living rooms – Coldplay are set to play at Indigo at the O2 on February 24 and Florence + The Machine take over St John At Hackney church on the 26th.