Bring Me The Horizon (BMTH) has kicked off the second weekend of All Points East 2019 with a career-spanning performance, a two-hour set peppered with fan-chosen favourites and all the big hits from the rock Royalites.
The band’s sixth studio release Amo smashed the charts to give them their first ever #1 UK album, with Kerrang! praising their “innate ability to stay one step ahead” and branding BMTH the UK’s biggest heavy band. Now, the Sheffield five-piece have just smashed their first ever festival headline show – an extensive and iconic moment for them and All Points East.
BMTH took to Twitter to decide their setlist, and several fan favourites appeared throughout the set. From Amo’s ‘Mantra’ to 2015’s ‘Happy Song’ to 2008’s ‘Diamonds Aren’t Forever’, the set also featured pyro, smoke machines, costume changes, backing dancers, and even a guest performance from Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth.
Before BMTH on the East Stage were the dynamic duo Run The Jewels. The affable El-P and Killer Mike strutted out to Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’ before leaping into their 2016 track ‘Talk To Me’. Much have has been made of the duo’s natural on-stage chemistry and charisma, and it’s easy to see why – the Americans’ slick interchanging bars were delivered in a faultless manner, especially on the self-titled track ‘Run The Jewels’.
Other highlights from the East Stage included a potent performance from band of the moment, IDLES. It was a politically and socially charged showing – from their defying statement “we are feminists” before leading into ‘Samaritans’ to their passionate speech on immigration, declaring it as being “one of the best things about our country”.
Former Crystal Castles musician Alice Glass offered an electronic-tinted set, blending her distinctive shrill vocals with a plethora of glitchy lo-fi synths, with UK rapper Scarlxrd setting the stage alight with an intense trap-metal performance – capped off by hit ‘Heart Attack’.
On the North Stage, Architects’ headline set was a blistering showing of metalcore – matched by an excitable crowd hanging on to every note. ‘Holy Hell’, off their same-titled 2018 LP was the one of the show’s highlights. While She Sleeps capped off their set with a special guest appearance from BMTH’s frontman Oli Sykes.
Sleeping With Sirens got the mosh pits forming over at the North Stage, armed with several tracks off their anticipated forthcoming LP, whilst British breakthrough rock band Yonaka similarly whipped up a storm just as the sunshine emerged.