BMTH Strips Back to GLP’s Minimalist Industrialism

GLP 88 X4 Bars - Bring Me The Horizon Tour, David Stewart

Faced with their second full-scale arena tour, Sheffield group, Bring Me The Horizon was seeking a different look and feel from their previous shows.

To ensure this, members of their creative team; Production Manager, Rob Highcroft, and Ollie Hutch, the band’s FOH sound engineer approached Show Designer Sam Tozer. They had seen the Designer’s inventive work with the likes of rapper, Skepta and the Swedish DJ duo of Axwell & Ingrosso, and liked his aesthetic.

The design was a collaboration between all three, but once again, for the most part, Tozer dipped heavily into the GLP LED fixture portfolio to bring it to life, deploying 156 of the GLP JDC1 hybrid strobes and GLP 88 X4 Bars in a set dominated by the German brand. To source, this quantity of fixtures the designer turned largely to vendors, Christie Lites.

“These fixtures helped me create a stylised performance, which was sufficiently bright enough and dynamic,” Tozer said. “In particular I wanted a tilting strobe that looked Industrial.”

This fulfilled the concept, in particular of Highcroft and Hutch, who have worked with the band for many years, and determined that the aesthetic needed to be a complete break from what had gone before.

“Looking back, their previous stages had been filled with equipment, including screens and risers,” reflected Tozer. “So initially we stripped it right back to a bare stage, and then started to add very minimal fixtures, ensuring that they didn’t intrude onto the performance space, and were purely there to enhance the show. There was no beam effect light as such.”

To achieve this, the show ran without risers, and almost all of the lighting fixtures were positioned underneath the stage to uplight the band through the grilled riser set up. The remainder of the lighting framed the stage or were used for key light.

Meanwhile, the band continue to promote their upcoming album amo after the tour moved to the States in January 2019, and Christie Lites again provided the lighting inventory.