Bury Tomorrow // Ronnie James Dio Stage // BOA22 // Saturday 13th August 2022
As the evening begins to set in and we hit our last 3 bands of the day, it’s time to kick things up a little and the next band on the bill are sure to do that. Long since established as one of the UK’s most successful heavy exports, Bury Tomorrow have performed on main stages at virtually every major European festival you care to name, racked up millions of YouTube views, scored two top 40 UK albums and sold tens of thousands of tickets to their incendiary live shows in the process. Shows which combine a passion, precision and uncompromising aggression that has become both a trademark and a badge of honour. That they have achieved all of this, and much more besides, not by following trends or jumping from bandwagon to bandwagon, but by sharpening to a diamond-cut point their brand of punishing, yet effortlessly melodic heaviness, speaks of a character that few bands of any genre could hope to match. Indeed, it is this character, this unwavering spirit, that has earned them one of the most rabidly dedicated, dye-in-the-wool fanbases in the whole of rock music. A fanbase which has seen the band grow steadily across four pulverising records of unerring quality and ever-expanding ambition. But something is about to change for Bury Tomorrow – the embers of steady growth are about to ignite into something much, much larger. The band poured petrol on the blaze and started an out and out inferno. ‘Black Flame’ was released, and it’s a record, and a movement that’s going to spread like wildfire. The band have crafted a body of work which retains their long held penchant for lacerating riffing and skull-crushing breaks, it also finds them overlaying a melodic sophistication and sonic depth that once again steps them up and sets them apart from the chasing pack.
With the crowd geared up still from the last performance, they are more than ready for when Bury Tomorrow hits the stage. Right from the start, the band lifts the energy of the arena as they bounce around the stage. Daniel Winter-Bates is the leader of the pack as conducts the crowd all the while bounding and jumping himself. Once the crowd are warmed up and had a few sing-alongs, Winter-Bates checks in with them, clearly grateful to see so many fans out to see them perform. He does however also continue to play conductor, challenging the crowd to make waves by crowd surfing over the barrier and also to create the biggest circle pits of the day even encouraging those who had never been in one that this was the time to try. Amongst all of this you can also see him instructing the rest of the crowd to clap, sing and jump along. Winter-Bates knows how to front his band and could give a masterclass in how to engage with the crowd while being charismatic, charming and incredibly humble. Throughout all of this the rest of the band are backing him up as they perform each track with energy and precision. Tom Prendergast’s clean vocals are perfectly balanced against Winter-Batesgrowling tones and performing live it’s just perfection. The whole performance put on by this band tonight was amazing to see and I’ve no doubt the band has gained more than a few fans from the crowd today.