This summer will be Bring Me The Horizon’s biggest ever. After kicking off 2022 with their incendiary performance at the BRITs, a few months later they’ll be spending the August bank holiday weekend headlining Reading & Leeds. Having made their debut at the festival some 14 years ago, Oli can’t even admit that this is a dream come true, as the bill-topping position has always felt so out of the question.
But with the world-famous weekender now boasting six headliners, how will Horizon make themselves stand out?
“We’ll just do our thing, to be honest, man,” he says, matter-of-factly. “What’s cool is there’s not really anyone in our lane. Everyone’s going to be bringing their own energy, but we have an energy that’s unlike anything else on at that festival. We’ll just be Bring Me The Horizon and it’s going to be fucking sick.”
But before the five friends lay waste to tens of thousands at both ends of England, they’ll be closing their own festival in Malta in May, headlining a line-up they’ve curated, featuring the likes of Bullet For My Valentine, Nova Twins and Beartooth.
Never ones to do things by halves, mind you, Horizon will play two different sets, including a throwback show for old-school fans. While BMTH are only in their 30s and exist on the cutting-edge of contemporary heavy music, they still have two generations of listeners to keep happy. For every person moshing to MANTRA, there’ll be another moaning that it’s not Medusa.
Believing to have bettered themselves with every album, Oli enthuses that it’s not that the band don’t want to play their older material, but they struggle to fit those grunting gangbusters in alongside the likes of Drown, so will be exorcising those demons to their fullest, picking tunes they haven’t played in up to 15 years.
In a strange twist of fate, however, it does feel as though actual heavy music is on the up again, and the new breed of abrasive acts like Pupil Slicer, Heriot and Wristmeetrazor wouldn’t sound out of place alongside those early BMTH records. But will we ever see Horizon ever go full-heavy again?
“I would never say never,” Oli teases. “We are doing four [Post Human] EPs, so you never know what one of them’s going to sound like.”