Oli Sykes Talks Headlining Download: It ‘Feels Like a Stamp of Approval From The Metal Community’

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Alongside Metallica and Slipknot, Bring Me the Horizon also performed as a headliner at this year’s Download festival. As one of the biggest heavy metal festivals in the world, it is a massive deal to be considered big enough to headline the event. While chatting with NME recently, Bring Me the Horizon singer Oli Sykes talked about a variety of topics, one of them being the band’s performance at Download this past weekend.

Per the frontman, he feels both “weird” and “confident” when it comes to Bring Me the Horizon being considered a “headline band.” Sykes also says that it appears to be “difficult” for a band that came out “after [the year] 2000″ to make it as a headliner at something like Download – but Bring Me the Horizon did it. They have become a metal headliner among the likes of Slipknot and Metallica.

Talking about Bring Me the Horizon headlining Download, Sykes shares the following:

“People have spoken about us headlining the festival for a few years now but we’ve never been so sure. Now we’re here, it’s weird and I’m nervous but I also feel very confident in being a headline band.”

“We’re also humbled by the fact that it seems to be incredibly difficult for a rock band that came out after 2000 to headline these things, but somehow we’ve climbed that mountain and got to the top. We want to prove ourselves, we want to blow everyone else out the water and we want to make sure people walk away going, ‘Fucking hell, they are a headline band’, like we did last year at Reading & Leeds. We just want to show people a good time.”

Sykes goes on to conclude with the following:

“There’s just something about headlining Download that feels like a stamp of approval from the rock and metal community. The fact we’re going to have 80,000 people celebrating our band is fucked. There were a couple of years where it felt like I was trying to get my band out [of that world] and where rock felt a little dead. Now, I’m so proud to be a part of this.”

What do you think of Bring Me the Horizon being considered a major metal headliner?

Earlier this year we put together a feature noting “The 10 Bands Representing Metal’s New Headliners,” and among the acts we shouted out, Bring Me the Horizon was one of them. To find out who else made the list, follow this link here.