Several feet below street level near London’s Waterloo station, ‘S-P-I-R-I-T, Spirit, let’s hear it’ is being chanted by a a few hundred lucky competition winners as they await the arrival of their heroes to the stage.
Tonight is a celebration, and the underground eeriness of the venue only adds to the excitement in the air. As a friend commented to me, ‘it’s like a cult down here’.
In a short, hour-long set they blast through singles Happy Song, Throne and True Friends – already instant classics – and the big hits from Sempiternal before ending on an emotional rendition of Drown.
This was the same set as Reading and Leeds two weeks ago – but now that the game-changing album That’s The Spirit is finally out, there’s an increased sense of urgency and relevance to their performance.
It’s no exaggeration to say it is the most significant rock/metal release in years and now everybody in this room has heard it – we are all in complete agreement that Bring Me The Horizon are the future of heavy music in the UK.
Next stop – arenas!
Bring Me The Horizon tour the UK this November, with support from Neck Deep and PVRIS, get tickets now at Ticketmaster.co.uk.