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Bring Me The Horizon @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre 08/02/17 – Live Review

Written by Bronwen Caple

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It was a scorcher in Adelaide on Wednesday and not because the weather. Sheffield Londoners Bring Me The Horizon turned up the heat even more when they hit the stage at the AEC with Hands Like Houses and While She Sleeps in tow. With their make up show from the unfortunate cancellation last year when singer Oliver Sykes was seriously ill and had to head home early to recover.
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 Bring Me The Horizon © Bronwen Caple Photography

Bring Me The Horizon © Bronwen Caple Photography

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Before anyone even hit the stage the crowd were already a sweaty sticky mess, many having camped out from the early morning hours and for the day despite the 42 degree temperature maximum. Singlets and shorts abound it was evident the mostly young crowd weren’t fussed about getting wrecked. A broad demographic however as while the mosh quickly filled with teens, many parents and even some grandparents, hung at the small smattering of chairs at the back of room.
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Kicking off the night Aussie boys Hands Like Houses got straight into it, their fast paced energetic style a perfect start for the show. The crowd were on their side, many clearly familiar with their work singing and chanting along with them.  
They have been touring regularly and it was clear the crowd had been following on their journey with their most recent track Dissonants getting the most love. If Experimental Rock is your thing you need to check them out.
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Only a few short minutes for a stage change While She Sleeps came out with force, no sooner had they appeared than they had called for a circle pit. Constantly urging them on to crowd surf, get on each others shoulders, wave their phones. They were all about interaction and the crowd loved it. One lucky punter not needing to be told twice to get up to the stage, crowd surfing his way up and in a blink of an eye made it on stage for an impromptu vocal performance with lead singer Lawrence Taylor.  Lawrence made sure to mention that the latest album You Are We is due out in April and judging by the crowd reaction they made plenty of extra sales that night.
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Bring Me The Horizon © Bronwen Caple Photography

Bring Me The Horizon © Bronwen Caple Photography

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After their devastating last minute show cancellation in September last year it was clear the BMTH boys had something to prove. Instagramming a picture during soundcheck to say that this show was 110% on.
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CO2 explosions and confetti cannons blasting into the crowd to kick off the show and impressive giant LED screen back drop and stage wide platform providing a stunning visual display and this was the only the intro!
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The next two hours we were taken on a journey a majority between most recent album That’s The Spirit and Sempiternal . Opening with Happy Song was the perfect way to start, the chant of S.P.I.R.I.T filling the room with a deafening sound. The moment it started there were bodies flying across the crowd, keeping the security crew on their toes catching them as they quickly catapulted over the barrier.
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What appeared as a short setlist of only 14 songs was definitely not short on delivery with the constant calls from front man Oliver Sykes for Circle Pits, Death Walls and to “Push It Fookin’ Back” completely matched with the fast paced, thumping bass lines you could feel through your soul.
The flashing strobes and Brilliant screens making it even more impressive.
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The band were tight, raised above the stage across a LED laden riser, while the there was also tonnes of room to run and bounce around the stage front below.  
Sykes is well known for his erratic movements across the stage rarely a still moment, unless it’s crouched down on the ground to reach ultimate scream potential or collapsed on his knees.
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It was hard to know where to look next with all that was going on around the stage, which as this was a floor space only show meant no matter where you were in the room you had something to look at. Including the streamers that were blasted off at the very start, but left hanging from the lighting rigs above, making some great photo backgrounds.
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Sykes
is the ultimate front man, the crowd lapping up his every word, especially when he called for everyone to come and give him a high five. Within seconds the crowd surfers doubled all wanting to take a moment to slap the hand of the man who lead the show.
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Their disappearing act prompted the calls for “one more song” from the crowd, and to no surprise the boys returned. Finishing off the night with True Friends, Oh No, and finally Drown. An impressive show deserved and impressive end and that’s exactly what we got, fireworks, smoke, Co2 and even more confetti.
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Bring Me The Horizon © Bronwen Caple Photography

Bring Me The Horizon © Bronwen Caple Photography

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As the giant LED lettering BMTH lit the stage the boys took a final wave and disappeared as the house lights returned. Revealing what really needed to be seen to be believed. The mosh quickly emptying of punters, who drenched in sweat hair matted and stuck to their faces. Among them some unique gig goers who chose to make confetti angels on the ground in amongst a sea of confetti, split drinks, empty cups and random ownerless shoes.
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Judging by the sheer number of smiling faces and exhausted bodies I think its safe to say that Bring Me The Horizon definitely brought it and this crowd will no doubt be back when they come to do it all again next time.

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SETLIST

Happy Song

Go to Hell, for Heavens Sake

The House Of Wolves

Avalanche

The Best Is Yet To Come

Chelsea Smile

Follow You

Sleepwalking

Doomed

Can You Feel My Heart

Antivist

Throne

Encore:

True Friends

Oh No

Drown

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Bronwen Caple

February 10th, 2017

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Bronwen Caple

South Australian based Photographer with a love for music. Loud and live is the way it should be!  I am interested in all areas of photography from travel, landscape macro etc. but my main passion is live music. I love sharing my work and being part of the Australian music scene.    

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