Robert Plant, SBTRKT and The Black Keys also performed at French festival
Biffy Clyro prepared for their appearance at T in The Park this coming weekend (July 11) by headlining Eurockéennees Festival in Belfort, France on Sunday (Jul 6).
The Kilmarnock rockers gave ferocious renditions of big-hitting tracks including ‘Mountains’, ‘Many Of Horror’ and ‘The Captain’ in an hour-long set. The band opened with ‘Different People’ and ‘That Golden Rule’ as poor weather made lightning visible around the festival site.
“That’s not ‘neige’, what is that?” frontman Simon Neil joked with the French audience, before bassist James Johnston added “Il pleut,” telling fans, “Don’t worry, we’ll keep you fucking warm.”
Other big draws on the final day of the festival, now in its 26th year, included Robert Plant, who mixed heavily reworked anthems from the Led Zeppelin back catalogue including ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’ and ‘What Is And What Should Never Be’ with new songs and covers of old blues and folk songs including Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Spoonful’.
Plant was performing with his new band the International Space Shifters, featuring Massive Attack collaborator John Baggott, former Cast guitarist Skin Tyson and West African griot player Juldeh Camara. He spoke about Zeppelin’s early days exploring Mississippi delta blues, ending the set with a rendition of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ incorporating part of Bo Diddley’s rockabilly classic ‘Who Do You Love?’.
SBTRKT, meanwhile, performed a lakeside set laced with anthems from his eponymous 2011 debut alongside atmospheric newer material like ‘Runaway’, an unreleased track that may or may not appear on his forthcoming follow-up record.
Over on the Club Loggia stage, psychedelic Swedish rockers Goat gave a mesmerising performance decked out in signature bizarre regalia, featuring newer tracks like ‘Dreambuilding’ from their upcoming second album, due in September.
The Black Keys rounded off the festival with a marathon set taking in classic tracks such as ‘Howlin’ For You’ and ‘Next Girl’ as well as poppier new material including ‘Fever’, ‘Turn Blue’ and ‘Gold On The Ceiling’. They encored with ‘Little Black Submarines’, a track from 2011 album ‘El Camino’, before a spectacular fireworks display brought this year’s festival to a close.