As part of an extra leg of their Simulation Theory tour, the colossal rock band Muse played The O2 on the 14th and 15th September. Joshua and I went along to the first night, which we found out was being filmed for release into cinemas next year! As we had standing tickets, we arrived early afternoon to queue for a good spot near the stage.
Beforehand, instead of getting the tube to North Greenwich, we got the Emirates Air Line cable cars over from Custom House to Greenwich where The O2 is only a short walk away. If you’re heading to the arena or are just in the area, it’s definitely worth checking these out as it’s a really inexpensive experience that allows you to get an interesting elevated view of London’s skyline and landscape.
Once our tickets had been scanned, wristbands applied and our bags searched, we made our way to the stage where we got an amazing view only a couple of rows from the barrier. For these dates, Muse were supported by Nothing But Thieves.
Muse have been my favourite band for a number of years. Their variety of music is truly amazing, and Matt Bellamy (frontman) really knows how to handle a guitar. I’ve never had the opportunity to see them live, so it was a real treat.
Their set was a balanced mix of material from their latest album ‘Simulation Theory’, including Thought Contagion and Propaganda, as well as old fan favourites like Plug In Baby and Knights Of Cydonia (one of my favourite songs). Their catalogue goes back 20 years, so there’s plenty of songs for them to choose from!
I think one of my favourite things about the show has to be the staging. Muse tend to build themselves a runway into their staging so that Matt can run down the stage whilst playing his legendary riffs. The show also uses dancers who are dressed in light-up suits, all reflecting the rhythm of the music. It was really cool!
All in all, I had a wonderful time at the concert. It was a privilege to see my favourite band live! The merch was really cool too – I wear it with pride!
After wanting to see Muse and
loving their music for a long time, I knew they’d be really good live – however I wasn’t expecting just how wonderful it was going to be. As with every artist, how they perform live is always a determiner for me of true talent as replicating recorded music on stage is the ultimate test of an artist’s capabilities; Muse certainly exceeded my expectations.
It was exhilarating to witness their music in the best way (live and loud), alongside their sci-fi inspired production – a spectacle of dancers, an appearance from Murph the robot-monster and an overall amazing visual design with the graphics, lighting and costume. Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dom Howard are truly skilled musicians and you could really appreciate the beautiful complexity of the guitar and drum riffs in their music.
Another thing that I appreciated was the lack of extreme shoving from the crowd – everyone loves a mosh but when people start pushing and crushing people, it can get really dangerous, especially if you’re near the barrier, so being amongst an energetic but controlled crowd was really nice!