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Band's headlining performance closing the festival

Biffy Clyro‘s Simon Neil says that the band’s headlining performance at Reading festival has produced “moments [they’ll] never forget”.

Speaking in the middle of their set, frontman Neil told the crowd that they thought it “couldn’t get any better” than their headlining performance at the festival in 2013. He also told the audience to “Mon the Reading” – a play on the famous ‘Mon the Biffy’ fan phrase.

The Kilmarnock trio headlined Leeds last night (August 26) and are currently headlining Reading today (August 28) in what is their 10th appearance at the festivals – and the second time they have headlined.


Meanwhile, the band have said they feel as though they have “paid our dues” at Reading and Leeds festivals over the years.

“To be asked [to headline] before was such a huge moment in the band’s life,” guitarist James Johnston told the BBC. “I think we have probably paid our dues, we’ve played all the small stage and worked our way up.”

Asked why they have such a close relationship with the festivals, Johnston replied: “It feels like there is a lot of good will from the punters that come here. We feel it is an opportunity to try and improve on what we did before, maybe we will pick up some new fans. It is one that has long been really close to our hearts,” he added.