||MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS
O2 Arena, London
11th April 2016
Mark Taylor: Photos by Solange Moreira-Yeoell
The popularity of the Devon trio Muse just keeps on growing, resulting in five sold out nights at the gargantuan O2 Arena.
Their music breaks genres from indie pop to progressive rock and like Pink Floyd, there's less spotlight on the individual personalities and more focus on the spectacular visuals that surpasses anything seen before in an arena rock show.
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Performing in the round with platforms either side reaching the far lengths of the arena meant more capacity so that Muse could perform to 21,000 people each night.
Bizarrely the stage was so big that when Matt Bellamy and Chris Wolstenholme were at opposite ends it was impossible to keep your eyes on the pair of them at the same time.
The music really was given an added dimension. Muse are phenomenal players and the visual show which took up the whole arena and not just the stage was absolutely amazing, leaving the spectator in a dreamlike stance.
Massive hologram puppet hands pulled the strings on 'The Handler', 'Supermassive Black Hole' saw circular neon drones effortlessly floating around the arena followed by shiny black balls bouncing amongst the crowd for 'Starlight'.
Even space rockets were drifting in the air as if there was no gravity.
Masses of confetti rained down for 'Mercy' in jubilant fashion. The uprising is growing stronger. Victorious.