Towards the end of Bring Me The Horizon’s 15-song set at Reading tonight, Sheeran joined them once again to play the rock-y version of the pop hit, which featured pyrotechnics on stage.
The band were playing a co-headline slot at the festival tonight ahead of Arctic Monkeys, and will travel to Leeds tomorrow (August 28) to do the same.
Elsewhere in their set, they played tracks from across their discography, opening with ‘Can You Feel My Heart’ and closing things out with ‘Throne’.
Reviewing Bring Me The Horizon’s headline Reading Festival set, NME wrote: “The emotional temperature is sent rocketing when Sykes steps into the crowd for ‘Drown’, and generates a feedback loop between the band and their fans that feels genuinely triumphant.
“He hugs and wipes the tears of those lining the front row, before pausing to breathe in the adrenaline of the thousands before him. “We fucking made it!”, he screams, thumping his chest in acknowledgement of an almost unbelievably hard-earned victory.”
Watch Bring Me The Horizon and Ed Sheeran perform ‘Bad Habits’ at Reading below, alongside the band’s full setlist from the gig.
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Bad Habits at Reading Festival 2022
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Bring Me The Horizon played:
‘Can You Feel My Heart’
‘The Best Is Yet To Come’
‘Itch For The Cure (When Will We Be Free)’
‘Bad Habits’ (with Ed Sheeran)
Speaking about the new version of the track upon its release, Sheeran said: “I really enjoyed the show last week and I think people will really like the new version. Excited to get it out.”
Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes added: “From receiving the email asking whether we’d like to open the brits with Ed Sheeran to us chatting and bouncing ideas to rehearsing and then performing and now releasing, this has needless to say been pretty mental.
“But we are all about pushing the boundaries of our own and other genres, so this felt like the perfect challenge.”
Elsewhere at Reading Festival today, Fontaines D.C. were joined on stage by a fan during their raucous set to perform ‘Boys In The Better Land’, while last night (August 26) saw Dave welcome Stormzy and AJ Tracey on stage during his headline set.
Up in Leeds meanwhile, Halsey played her Friday headline set with “terrible food poisoning,” telling fans: “I have played shows under some messed up conditions but last night might be the worst in recent memory. Felt like I was on Jupiter the whole time.”
Reading & Leeds 2022 continues tonight with a headline performance from Arctic Monkeys.
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