Headliner: Bring Me The Horizon
Supports: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, You Me At Six, Trophy Eyes
Date: 13th April
Venue: Rod Laver Arena
Presented By: Live Nation
- Trophy Eyes -
The first act of the night, Trophy Eyes, instantly got the crowd off their feet, kicking the night off with their huge single ‘You Can Count on Me’. I have never seen so much love for an opening act at a stadium show. They didn’t have a long set, but vocalist John Floreani had the crowd chanting his lyrics the entire time, as they played all the fan favourites from "The American Dream" including 'More Like You', and ‘Something Bigger Than This’.
Almost the entire standing area had filled out by the end of their set, and the majority of the crowd went absolutely mental as the band finished off strong with their massive tune ‘Friday Forever’. It seemed as though most in attendance were already big fans of the Newcastle boys in Trophy Eyes but after last night I’m sure that anyone who wasn’t, is now.
- You Me At Six -
As good as Trophy Eyes were, the veterans of You Me At Six were on a whole other level. The band wasted no time showing what 10+ years of experience and dedication looks like, as they quickly took command of the arena. Personally, I didn’t know a lot about You Me At Six coming in to this show but as soon as they started, I was wholly invested in their performance. The energy was outstanding, and the band were super tight. Far exceeding all expectations I had for them before seeing them last night.
Front-man Josh Franceschi had the audience in the palm of his hand from start to finish, commanding the first circle pit of the night during ‘Bite My Tongue’, and just as I thought the crowd couldn’t get any louder, Oli Sykes slowly walked out to perform his feature on the track. It was definitely one of the most intense moments of the night.
- Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes -
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes is another band I hadn’t heard much about before last night, but they have now easily made it into my top 5 live shows. Frank Carter’s unique voice and high-energy performance were just some of the aspects that made this show so good. The band behind him held their own against his hyperactivity while never missing beat. After a few songs Frank slowed the pace for a minute to explain the meaning behind their track ‘Anxiety’. He spoke on the hardships of dealing with mental illness and finished by urging anyone suffering to use the energy in the arena as courage to seek help.
Another highlight of the night was when Frank opened a giant section of the crowd, then jumped the barrier and started a massive circle pit himself. Many people took this opportunity to get a photo with the vocalist before he returned to the stage. Frank referred to it as being “more like a selfie pit” but he didn’t seem to mind.
- Bring Me The Horizon -
Finally the main attraction of the night hit the stage, kicking things off with ‘MANTRA’. One of the first things I notice is the stunning visuals, with the animations playing on the screen, the pyrotechnics, and the lights, this image was something I will never forget. The band was also accompanied by two masked people holding gun-like machines, shooting a stream of smoke into the crowd. Another thing I noticed is that Bring Me The Horizon may be one of the only bands in the world who could pull off such a diverse set list, switching between their new pop sound to their signature metal sound seamlessly.
During a short intermission, a few members of the crowd made their way to the front holding a big sign. When the band returned to the stage Oli told them off, and then wiped his ass with their sign that read “PLAY THE DEATHCORE MEDLEY”, but afterwards he cut the intro to ‘medicine’ short to apologize to the boys. Oli then declared that they would play the medley and the crowd went absolutely insane. The band started with ‘The Comedown’, before delving into an assortment of classics from their early catalogue, including ‘(I Used To Make Out With) Medusa’, ‘Diamonds Aren’t Forever’, and ‘Re: They Have No Reflections’.
Last night’s show was definitely one of, if not the best shows I have ever seen, and anyone who missed out should be the first to snatch tickets for their next tour!