Basement's (6/10) (presumably named because they never thought they'd play arenas) take on grunge is earning them a loyal fanbase. They seem like the kind of band that I'd like to see in a smaller venue as they did seem a bit lost on the BCA stage. However that's not down to a lack of good tunes. A lot of fans also showed up for Don Broco (7.6). A band I've never rated up until this point. They seem to exist in a sort of limbo, too laddish for the emo crowd, yet too clean cut for the indie kids. Yet their no nonsense rock tunes seem tailor made for huge arenas, and by the end of the show there was a sense that they could easily be head-liners in their own right.
You've got to hand it to Bring Me The Horizon (9.2), they've earned their status as one of the UK's biggest and best rock/metal bands. They've survived losing members, being bottled, Ketamine addiction, depression, and metal-head elitism. From their start as hyped, metalcore screamers to the arena slaying behemoths they are today. Last years 'That's The Spirit' may have taken big steps away from their roots but it's also exactly the album they need to make. 11 tracks of brilliantly written and slickly produced metal anthems.
While 'Chelsea Smile' was thrown in as a treat for fans that had been there since day one, it's newer tracks such as 'Doomed' and 'Oh No' that seem to point where the future's headed. The former began with a spoken word section about life, death and the problems in-between to a backdrop of flowers growing to full bloom. While Oh No shows that BMTH have the skill to write pop songs that other bands would kill for, all set to a pink, 80's style backdrop. Yet it was the NU Metal-ish anthem 'Throne' which in Oli's words was the one to remember. At least until the triumphant closer of 'Drown' (with more confetti). Ultimately BMTH have become arena head-liners with huge confidence, style and an armada of anthems.