Bring Me The Horizion’s Oli Sykes: ‘Everyone should do drugs at some point’

Frontman says 'you shouldn’t go through your life without experiencing acid'

Bring Me The Horizon‘s Oli Sykes has said that everyone should take illegal drugs at some point in their life, citing acid as a particularly important experience.

Sykes recently revealed that he went to rehab to overcome a ketamine addiction and went on to write 2013 album ‘Sempiternal’ after getting clean. At his worst, Sykes admitted that drug addiction made him want to kill himself.

Speaking in a new interview with Metal Hammer, the frontman opened up about his days as a drug addict and admitted that he has no regrets about the period in his life: “I don’t regret taking drugs – and I don’t know if I should say it, but everyone should do drugs at some point in their life.”


“You shouldn’t go through your life without experiencing acid, in my opinion. It used to be fun, it used to be an adventure. That’s why I did all those drugs.”

However, Sykes went on to say that the prolonged period of drug use got to him eventually. “After a while it stops being awesome, and that’s the reality,” he added. “But it’s a hard reality to accept.”

The frontman previously described ketamine as a “scummy drug” that “disengages users from reality, causing hallucinations and distorted perception”. He also spoke out about his time in rehab, claiming that, although it helped him get sober, he “didn’t believe half the stuff they told me”.

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Bring Me The Horizon recently confirmed they have added five extra dates to their upcoming UK tour, including two dates in Birmingham.

The metal band will hit the road in November. In addition to the dates confirmed earlier this month, Bring Me The Horizon will also play gigs in Southampton, Glasgow and Bristol. Additionally, the band will play twice in Birmingham on November 29 with a matinee performance in the afternoon taking place before a regular evening gig.

The band previously confirmed arena gigs in Edinburgh, Doncaster and Cardiff as well as a huge London date at Alexandra Palace on November 28.


Bring Me The Horizon will play:

Southampton, O2 Guildhall (October 31)
Glasgow, O2 Academy (November 24)
Edinburgh, Corn Exchange (November 25)
Doncaster, Dome (November 26)
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (November 27)
London, Alexandra Palace (November 28)
Birmingham, 02 Academy (November 29 – matinee)
Birmingham, 02 Academy (November 29)
Bristol, O2 Academy (November 30)

Bring Me The Horizon are currently set for a Number One in the Official UK Albums Chart, narrowly ahead of new albums from Stereophonics and The Libertines.

Bring Me The Horizon’s fifth album ‘That’s The Spirit’, Stereophonics’ ninth studio album ‘Keep The Village Alive’ and the first Libertines album for eleven years, ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ are all in the running for the top spot, which will be revealed on Friday (September 18).