50 Shows Down- A Week Travelling To See Bring Me The Horizon

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I can’t hide who my favourite band are, anyone who reads a music related post on my blog will know and the last week has been really special for me. Not only is it the band’s first all-arena tour but I attended four shows across the week including a special 50th show.

Back in January when the tour got announced I booked a whole bunch of tickets and the tour felt like ages away but fortunately with a trip to Paris, a Royal Albert Hall show, Rock Im Park festival in Germany and Glastonbury it didn’t feel like too much of a void. Then Halloween crept up on me and the first show was underway.

On Halloween, I headed to the O2 Arena to see the band play the first night of the arena tour. I headed to the show alone with all my friends in various seats around the venue and me stood in a sea of people in the middle of the O2 Arena. I personally don’t rate the sound at the O2, as it’s so high sometimes sounds get lost and things don’t sound as strong which I do feel hindered the band during their newer tracks where Oli sings more. I did originally think it was just his vocals being weak (he’s a screamer, not a singer really) but having heard the same songs at other venues I know it’s in part the venue. Enter Shikari were a special support act just for this show and really surprised me at how great they were. Night 1 down and a success (although strangely only my third favourite out of the four shows).
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Friday 4th November rolled around and it was Birmingham’s turn and a very special night for me as it marked my 50th show. I was heading there with my brother who was seeing the band for the very first time which made it even more special. I managed to catch Don Broco tonight who were pretty good (although frontman Rob was starting to lose his voice). I stand by the fact that Midland crowds are THE BEST! Having been to shows all across the UK the crowds get more involved, scream louder (even in smaller venues) and just create a much better atmosphere. I screamed, I sang, I jumped, I danced and I could not have asked for a better 50th-anniversary show. (Number 1 out of the four)

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The following night was the turn of night two at the O2 Arena and this time I was seated with a friend. While being in the seated area did hinder the atmosphere slightly it was nice to see the production from higher up and see everything in its full glory (which FYI was spectacular). You can see how much thought went into the shows from the production side and a Bring Me show is an experience not just a live show. It was also nice to not feel so exhausted leaving when I had a long journey up the next day.

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For my final show of the tour I jumped on a coach from London to Sheffield on Sunday 6th to see their hometown show. I’ve been to plenty of shows in Sheffield before but never any at the arena so it was a little daunting being on my own but my friend who went to uni there gave me easy directions to get a tram there (thank god!) I think being a hometown show I expected a bit too much from the crowd. The band themselves were incredible and oh so humble when looking out at their fans, but the crowd just wasn’t nearly as lively as any of the other shows which was a shame, but never the less I have to say the crowd were the friendliest bunch of the lot. I go to a reaosnable number of shows on my own and usually have no interaction with people in person but in Sheffield a number of people spoke to me and asked if I wanted to join them as I was on my own. It’s definitely true northerners are more friendly.

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After a whirlwind week I sat contimplating my relationship with the band on my four hour coach ride back to London (read more here) and I find it crazy how one band can mean so much to me.

November 9, 2016
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  • John Franklin

    Less than a week until we see them in Bochum, not long now!

  • I love the O2 – there’s such a great atmosphere there isn;t there? and the place is HUGE! Great to read that you had an amazing time :-)

  • Leah Shafik

    I haven’t been to a gig for AGES – last one I think was two door cinema club and that was to see the support act Lianne La Havas lol! Oh wait – no it was to the o2 academy in Brimingham to see Basement Jaxx (AMAZING LIVE, even thinking of it now it makes me happy).
    I do love how music can evoked emotion and I find it so inspiring when someone is a super fan of a band. It’s a shame about the o2 in London losing the sound though – paying all that money and not getting great acoustics, what a pain. I do love the smaller venues personally – even sang at Rock City in Nottingham in 2010 myself so I just feel like there is so much more energy and interaction. Great post x

  • LaaLaa

    Aw, I’m so glad you had a good time and such serious dedication to a band you like. I’m sure this is going to stay with you for a long time! xo

  • How wonderful to get the chance to go and see the bands you love! Sounds like you had a great time, and that first photo is fantastic! Great capture!

  • I totally understand how you feel. I recently got to meet my idol actress and she means a lot to me. So I get that feeling :)

  • Joanna

    Sounds like u had a lovely time getting to see all 3 gigs. I must admit I’ve not been to see a band live in ages.

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I am glad you had a good time and 50th show is quite something… I have managed 3 ha!

  • jigsawparenting

    oh my teen daughter was here too, I have seen lots of music videos she took and pictures.

  • Kathryn

    I havent heard of this band I am afraid so I am going to have to have a listen xx

  • 50th show is brilliant achievement! Ive never been to a gig before just a couple of concerts

  • Oh wow wht an amazing achievement, I bet they put on just an amazing show.

  • that is such a hectic schedule! also “It’s definitely true northerners are more friendly.”, oh yes we are 😉

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Wow 4 shows in a week you must have been knackered although it must have been amazing too!

  • How amazing that week must have been for you! I absolutely hate the sound in the O2 too, it really does annoy me. I’m glad the people in Sheffield were so friendly, my family are from up north and they really are the friendliest people… I always find it so funny when I go for a visit as I’m this hostile Londoner who still to this day gets worried as to why random strangers are greeting me haha! xx

  • Bex Smith

    That must have been an amazing week! Got to love a bit of BMTH!

  • Awesome post! A true BMTH fan :) My mummy loves them too. Got to agree that the O2 Arena gig was amazing on Halloween compared to the more subduded BIC gig afterwards. So many great songs. My mummy saw them at Reading Festival last year with the sunset behind her it was a magical evening. She found Baby Metal quite funny on that day too. It’s what memories are made for xx

  • Laura

    wow what a great week that you’ve had. I havent seen a gig or concert for ages but ive booked up to see little mix next year which I’m really excited about xxx

  • Paula

    It sounds like the perfect week :)! I love how passionated you are about music! And BTW, I agree with you about the acoustics at the O2, don’t like it too much either…

  • Louise Smith

    I think it’s great that you did this! When I was younger I was crazy about McFly (I’m a loser – I know lol), and I once went on the whole tour. It was hard, as I had a one year old daughter, but I somehow managed it! I was lucky enough to have a friend who was training in childcare at the time and she was more than happy to come and sit in the hotel room with her in an evening (I paid her of course). They were good times.

    Also, I live near Sheffield and have to agree that us Northerners hate to see people on their own! I’m not surprised that people wanted to take you under their wing :)

  • Angela Milnes

    This sounds like a lot of fun and something i would have enjoyed when i was a bit more younger

  • This sounds like so much fun! I used to love gigging back in the day but I haven’t done it for ages. :( xx

  • fashion-mommy

    I think all my music knowledge ends with Britpop, but it does sound like you’ve had one hell of a time.

  • Quite impressive! I used to go to loads of gigs, but haven’t for a while. Don’t think I have any left this year.

  • Wow I’m so jealous! BMTH are amazing live.

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