Bring Me The Horizon Brought Out Ed Sheeran for Reading Festival Headliner

The countdown is on until Good Things Fest – the biggest alt music festival makes its grand return to Australia’s East Coast and headliners Bring Me The Horizon have been hella busy this year fulfilling their headliner slots at various festivals around the world…

Over the weekend the Sheffield lads performed at Reading Festival in the UK and on top of bashing through banger after banger from their back catalogue, they also hit up their old mate Ed Sheeran to join the festivities for another live rendition of their collaboration ‘Bad Habits‘.

When co-editor Ricky Aarons caught up with Oli Sykes, the pair discussed BMTH‘s headliner duties, to which Oliver candidly replied back with subtle hints of what fans can expect, revealing:

I can tell you, we’ve got to do you proud, it’s a big honour – it’s a massive, massive thing for us, so, we’ll make sure we deliver.” 

At their Malta Weekend, the lads featured a quite HEAVY throwback setlist of songs like ‘(I Used to Make Out With) Medusa‘, ‘Empire (Let Them Sing)‘, ‘Diamonds Aren’t Forever‘, and ‘Pray for Plagues‘, so it’s really hard to pinpoint what they’ll do next, especially since they’re always constantly expanding and experimenting. One thing is kinda for certain (albeit, not confirmed in any way shape or form), given that Nova Twins are on the same lineup, we could bear witness to their song ‘1×1‘ live – this is only an assumption at this point, but with both acts in the same place at the same time, why not miss out on an opportunity like that!

Back in Malta, the band teamed up with various heavy vocalists for their throwback set including Courtney LaPlante (Spiritbox), Caleb Shomo (Beartooth) and Lawrence Taylor (While She Sleeps). The success of that show, in particular, made Oli want to put more throwback songs in their set moving forward:

“It definitely made me want to put some more old stuff in the set. It is difficult, after you’ve been about for twenty years, because there’s the songs that we just feel like we have to play, [and then there’s the] songs we feel like we want to play and we need to play.”

Like in Malta, could Bring Me The Horizon do a similar thing down under with Aussie metal vocalists from the lineup? Imagine Jame Hails from Polaris screaming his way onto ‘Antivist‘ or Joel Birch from The Amity Affliction on ‘Chelsea Smile‘ – throwing back to the decade when both their bands were touring around the same time.

Time will tell, but you’re gonna have to be there in order to see what they’ll end up doing – at least these Reading Festival videos will give us an indication of how they’ll sound and look on stage at the end of the year.

Dive back into our interview with Oli Sykes below (or via your fav streaming/podcast app here)

Get tickets to Good Things Festival here

Good Things Festival 2022

Good Things Festival 2022

Friday 2 December – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne

Saturday 3 December – Centennial Park, Sydney

Sunday 4 December – Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane

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