With their new album "That's The Spirit" taking the charts by storm it was no surprise than when Bring Me The Horizon announced their November Tour dates the tickets sold out very quickly. Instead of adding extra dates to the already full touring schedule BMTH decided to add a Matinee show in Birmingham.
On my way to the gig I read a few posts on Facebook and twitter that people had been queuing up outside for a few hours before the doors opened, On arriving at the venue the queue was still massive (I got there just before 2pm doors opened at 1pm), But there was a second queue already forming at 2pm for the 2nd show of the day, The doors for that show didn't open till 7pm.
What followed over the next hour and a bit was very special, I have seen BMTH 3 times before Sundays show and they have always been a great live band, but with this performance they have gone from a great live and to potentially Arena rock band but still retaining their heaviness of old.
I don't think there was a song during the set that wasn't sang back to them by the crowd. At times front Man Ollie Sykes stopped singing to let the crowd sing back to him, and he stood looking at the crowd in awe.
The stage set up was visually stunning but also very hard from a photographer’s point of view as there was little to no front lighting. The main lights coming from a huge LED backdrop and a few strip lights either side of the stage.
After the last notes of the final song "drown" died down, I think I shared the same thought as everyone else in the sold out O2 Academy... "I wish I had a ticket for the 2nd show".