Gig Review by Hannah Sebestjanowicz Gig Photos by Bianca Barrett

Biffy Clyro

There’s promise of snow this evening, because we haven’t had enough of that have we? I’ll tell you one thing I can’t get enough of though is that Mr Dallas Green’s sweet voice and it’s just my luck that tonight I’m seeing the one and only Biffy Clyro and guess who’s supporting?!

City and Colour
City and Colour
City and Colour

City and Colour have the task of opening tonight’s proceedings and they are more than up for it, despite the early set time the arena is looking pretty full as Dallas and his band take to the stage greeted by polite applause. Now this guy has sold out the Royal Albert Hall so he is used to playing big venues and tonight’s no different as he introduces himself to the crowd ‘We are City and Colour and we are from Canada’ before kicking into ‘What Makes a Man’. What follows is a short but sweet set including the likes of ‘Sleeping Sickness’ and ‘The Grand Optimist’. Dallas is sporting a particularly fetching boater hat and lets the songs speak for themselves and they sure know how to, ‘As Much as I Ever Could’ is stunning and I find myself wiping away tears. One of the joys of watching City and Colour is that the songs get re-worked live as the band jam it out and ‘Fragile Bird’ is a great example of this. We are also treated to a new song which kicks off with some seriously loud drums which is a stark contrast to his older material which was mostly acoustic guitar and I for one love his new direction. Chances are they’ve won over a fair new fans tonight and dangling a new song in front of the old fans makes me even more excited to hear his new record.

Biffy Clyro
Biffy Clyro

Tonight is the second night of Biffy’s first ever run of headline arena shows and they well and truly smash it with one of the most epic performances I’ve seen from them. They have seriously stepped up their game and when the first chords for ‘Different People’ ring out across the huge venue the curtain drops to reveal one hell of a stage set-up. What looks like a massive rib cage made out of trees takes up the majority of the stage behind which a massive screen flashes images throughout the performance and is definitely an impressive sight. Simon and James stalk the stage, topless, showing off their myriad of tattoos and pulling shapes like they’re auditioning for some kind of crazy dance show and Ben holds it all together with his tight beats. Tonight Biffy Clyro prove once again why they are one of the UK’s best bands and they head straight into ‘That Golden Rule’ which sounds immense as Simon waltz’s his way down the walkway to get closer to the fans.

Biffy Clyro

18 years as band mean a pretty hefty back catalogue to choose from and although the set is pretty much 50% of tracks taken from their latest effort ‘Opposites’ the older fans are treated to the classics like ‘Justboy’, the jarring ‘There’s no such thing as a Jaggy Snake’ and one of my personal favourites ‘Glitter and Trauma’ which is accompanied by some serious strobe lights. ‘Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies’ wouldn’t be the same without Simon’s signature head twitch and a massive pit opens up in the crowd. The bouncy ‘Bubbles’ is up next and the whole crowd throw themselves into it jumping up and down for pretty much the entirety of the song. Biffy do have their quiet moments though and Simon dons an acoustic for ‘God and Satan’ which is preceded by Simon holding up a chalkboard with 26 written on it which was pretty cryptic.

Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyro

One of the highlights of the set has to be ‘Many of Horror’ which couldn’t have sounded more epic. Closing the set with ‘That Golden Rule’ Biffy leave the stage but there’s still more to come. The encore kicks off with ‘Skylight’, the haunting piano coupled with Simon at the top of the stage on his acoustic stage makes for one impressive sight. Its almost like a creepy throne for the Scottish king of angular rock music. They end the night with ‘Mountains’ and oh what an ending, the whole crowd sings along, fists pumped in the air and the band leave the stage triumphant. What a majestic end to what has been an awe inspiring performance.

Biffy Clyro

The first time I saw Biffy Clyro was back in 2005, they were one of the first bands on the main stage at a little festival called Reading. This year they are headlining and on the back of performances like that they are more than up for it and they couldn’t deserve it more so make sure you make it your mission to catch them you will not be disappointed.

Biffy Clyro

MON THE BIFFY!

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