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).
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)
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.
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.
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.