Bonus Arena, Hull
With Cybermen cheerleaders, hazmat suits and gigantic mosh pits, there’s a gloriously daft energy to the pop-metallers’ emotional, earth-shaking return
“I haven’t seen a mosh pit in 18 fucking months, so you better make it good,” barks Oli Sykes. This is the start of Bring Me the Horizon’s latest UK arena run, and the band’s frontman seems genuinely elated to be back in the thick of it.
Tonight’s Hull date – the first of the Post Human tour – is the Sheffield quintet’s first performance in the East Riding of Yorkshire in well over a decade. Much has changed during that time: they’ve evolved from rough-and-ready deathcore prospects to a slick, pop-metal hit factory who have received two Grammy nominations, scored consecutive UK No 1 albums – first 2018’s Amo, then last year’s Post Human: Survival Horror – and conquered America. The band’s live fare is daft and often teeters on the brink of cliche, but it’s simply impossible not to appreciate this spectacular collision of polished pop and searing metal.