Photos by Skyler Barberio
Let us paint a picture for you: It’s the first night of Lollapolloza at 11:30pm and we’re walking to House Of Blues Chicago completely lost.
With two “smart” phone devices in use, we’re trying our best to 1) not accidentally walk ourselves into the Chicago River and 2) most importantly, make it to see Bring Me The Horizon’s exclusive aftershow performance.
Now as you can probably tell by reading the title and seeing the photo above, spoiler alert: we made it to the venue. So to avoid boring you, we’ll just go ahead and fast-forward through that part of the story. But for the sake of honesty, without the help of a local named Phil, we’d most likely still be wandering the streets of Chicago right now.
Nonetheless, we arrived at the historic downtown city venue at 11:55pm sharp greeted with tickets, box seats (weird flex, we know) and FREE Giordano’s pizza. To put it frankly, we were about to have the greatest night of our lives.
After quickly stuffing two slices of cheesy deep-dish pie into our mouths, Oli Sykes and company took the stage ripping into what would be their jaw-dropping, 15-song, hour-and-a-half performance.
Chock-full of old-school heaters like “House Of Wolves,” “Shadow Moses,” and “Antivist,” along with new BMTH bangers like “Mantra,” “Sugar Honey Ice & Tea” and “Nihilist Blues,” the night had everything you’d want from a Bring Me The Horizon show. Coupled with choreographed dancers and a stunning on-stage set-up, our scene’s biggest band was able to put a whole festival experience into an intimate 1,500 capacity venue.
On top of it all, in the midst of their exciting encore, we were able to witness one of our all-time favorite concert moments as Oli Skyes decided to get a little bit closer to those in attendance (see the video below).
All in all, thanks to Bring Me The Horizon (and FREE Giordano’s pizza), our experience that night was one we’ll never forget. And now, in order to help you relive that moment with us, we’ve compiled a handful of photos from Noise contributor Skyler Barberio. To check out her sensational shots, be sure to look below. Afterward, make sure to grab tickets to see Bring Me The Horizon out on tour so you can create your own life-long memories with the band.