A sea of fans in the fashion of Umbrella t-shirts and Drop Dead merchandise is certainly not a sight the staff at the Royal Albert Hall are used to (as it is clear from the expression of confusion on their faces) but this is exactly what tonight’s show brings. This is of course the Bring Me The Horizon gig EVERYONE has been talking about in the last few months, a gig in order to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust. A cause in which we find out during the show are only able to support 50% of teenagers suffering with Cancer with in the UK, highlighting the exact importance of the gig.
As eager fans either make their way to their seats or arrive in the smallest standing area I’ve ever seen at a Bring Me The Horizon gig, it’s no doubt that everyone is expecting big things. After all, the gig is even being filmed for a DVD released later this year. It comes without doubt that this exclusive gig breaks everything we ever expected from Bring Me The Horizon, making it even more understandable as to why tickets sold out so quickly. But there was certainly no disappointment tonight.
Taking to the stage as the support act is PVRIS, a band so well-known now that it comes as no surprise that they have just completed a sold out tour within the UK themselves. Despite the fact that unlike BMTH, they do not have an orchestra or a choir tonight, they are certainly at no disadvantage, with the crowd carrying the powerful, heartfelt lyrics, sung by Lynn, to the back of the Royal Albert Hall. When taking a trip to the toilets I realize from the conversations outside that it was not just BMTH people came to see tonight, with the crowd being just as excited to see PVRIS. And rightly so. The band have an energy which fills whatever venue they play. They are certainly the band to watch out for in the next few years, with Lynn paving the way even more for Rock bands who are female fronted.
Next up however, is the main act. It has to be mentioned that within sitting you could feel the anticipation of everyone around you. As the orchestra took their places, with the choir (including Emma Fish, Jordan’s wife) you could feel confusion within the room. After all, no one was quite sure what to expect. Bring Me The Horizon, mixed with the beautiful symphonies of an orchestra was everything we didn’t expect from one of the biggest bands in Rock, and one of the biggest bands on the music scene right now.
Of course, as BMTH took to the stage, there was little to have worried about. I can’t answer how it worked, but it just did. Maybe because of how simple but effective the gig was, with very little production, with very little lighting effects, which we have seen from recent BMTH gigs. Starting with 'Doomed', the albumopener from their latest album ‘That’s The Spirit’ it was clear that any of the rumors as to the use of backing tracks were just simply untrue rumors, as Oli conveyed pure emotion through the lyrics in which he belted out to a crowd that were simply mesmerized. It was clear, from the atmosphere within the room, that every single fan within the building was moved and no one had ever been as proud as BMTH as the fans were, carrying on the melody of ‘Oh No’ long after the song had ended. As Oli expressed how this reaction would ‘make him cry’ the audience simply carried on, knowing that this was the way to show their respect for a band who have given so much, throughout everything.
Despite there being no loss of Rock within the show, with Oli screaming to the crowd for walls of deaths and an array of middle fingers up during 'Antivist', it was songs such as 'Follow You' which hit me the most. The instruments sent a chill down people’s spines as Oli sang the words so meaningful, with the crowd singing along. Despite being from their latest album everyone could sing along, with heartfelt meaning lingering on the ends of every single lyric sung.
When 'Drown' was dedicated to anyone who was suffering, or knew someone suffering with cancer, an issue that was really the entire point of all the effort that the orchestra, Bring Me The Horizon and everyone had put into the gig, Oli explained: ‘cancer is just a word, not a sentence’ and if there was ever a way to get a crowd backing The Teenage Cancer Trust, it was to bring out Bring Me The Horizon.
Everyone took something different away from the gig, but to me personally, it was a reminder of the reason as to why I put so much into ensuring I can go to Bring Me The Horizon gigs. Every time you can feel the emotion of the band. Through the lyrics, through the posts on social media showing the true dedication they put into ensuring their putting on a good show. It is questionable as to what Bring Me The Horizon will ace at next, but what I am assured of it that their will definitely be more surprises from the Sheffield band.
It goes without saying that Bring Me The Horizon however, were not the only talent within the room. The beautiful sound of instruments that would never be connected with Bring Me The Horizon, mesmerized the audience, with confusion as to just what your senses were supposed to do. The sounds of the beautiful orchestra and the choir, were a match made in heaven for Bring Me The Horizon and the orchestra simply electrified the whirlwind of emotions that touched everyone within the room. Everyone on the stage was so passionate about what they were doing, with this made exceptionally clear by the conductor, who’s facial expressions said it all.
The mood did not dampen when the gig was over, with re-runs obviously playing through everyone’s mind. It was the perfect mix of old songs and new, beautiful melodies and the heaviness everyone expects from Bring Me The Horizon. A great night. All for a great cause.
Written by Emma Sherar
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