Biffy Clyro play celebratory homecoming headline set on first day of T in the Park

Manic Street Preachers, Pixies and CHVRCHES were also among those to play the first day of the Scottish event

Biffy Clyro topped the bill on the first day of T in the Park last night (July 11), taking to the main stage of the Balado Park festival at 10.20pm for a triumphant headline on hometown, Scottish turf.

With a stage decked out with giant, gold trees and golden amps, the Ayrshire trio walked out to a Scottish version of the Haka chant. All three members were topless with singer Simon Neil sporting flowery trousers and bassist James Johston wearing tartan.

An elaborate array of pyrotechnics went off regularly throughout the set, with second track ‘That Golden Rule’ introduced by spurts of fire emitting from the top of the stage and following track ‘The Captain’ interspersed with sprays from gold confetti cannons.

Declaring that, “We are Biffy fucking Clyro and we’ve been waiting a long time for this,” Neil then lead the band through ‘Folding Stars’ and ‘Questions & Answers’ before lighting a flare in the middle of the stage at the start of ‘Who’s Got A Match?’ – during which more flames emerged from the stage throughout the track. Opening old track ’57’ by saying that this show was their “tenth time [at T in the Park], this is a song we played in the unsigned tent”, they then continued through ‘Whorses’ before ‘Biblical’ was greeted with huge cheers and fireworks dropping from the top of the stage.

A sing-a-long of ‘Victory Over the Sun’ and an acoustic version of ‘God & Satan’ followed, while Neil preceded old single ‘Many of Horror’ by saying that, “every year the crowd here is better and better, plus we know how to sing at T – let’s prove it”. With long streamer cannons pouring out, Biffy Clyro then finished the main set with ‘Woo Woo’, ‘Black Chandelier’ and ‘Bubbles’.

Coming back out for the encore, the band kicked off with an acoustic version of ‘Machines’ before a bagpipe player entered for a solo. “It’s been a pleasure to headline the opening day, but it’s all downhill from here…” joked Neil. “I’m being a bitch”. They then closed with a rousing ‘Mountains’, complete with fireworks and flames.

Biffy Clyro played:

‘That Golden Rule’
‘The Captain’
‘Sounds Like Balloons’
‘Folding Stars’
‘Questions & Answers’
‘Who’s Got A Match?’
‘Victory Over The Sun’
‘God & Satan’
‘Glitter & Trauma’
‘Living Is A Problem’
‘Many of Horror’
‘Woo Woo’
‘Black Chandelier’

Pixies, meanwhile, headlined King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, pulling a reasonable crowd to their 90-minute set. Backed by giant mirrored tiles, the cult US group cannoned through the likes of ‘Caribou’, new tracks ‘Bagboy’ and ‘‘Blues and Greens’ alongside more well-received cuts from ‘Doolittle’ including ‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’, ‘Hey’ and ‘Here Comes Your Man’. Decked out in black, singer Black Francis was customarily quiet in terms of stage chat throughout.

Previously on the same stage, Manic Street Preachers played a triumphant set backed by the artwork from current LP ‘Futurology’ and with a Welsh flag flying high in the centre of the crowd. Bringing out songs from across their career including old hit ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’, ‘Suicide is Painless’ and ‘PCP’ – which was introduced as being from ‘The Holy Bible’, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Singer James Dean Bradfield then addressed the crowd. “So you lot have a lot going on at the moment,” he declared. “The Commonwealth Games, the vote… but we’re not from here, so it’s none of our fucking business”. They then continued with ‘Europa Geht Durch Mich’ before bassist Nicky Wire dedicated ‘Revol’ to former guitarist Richey Edwards. They finished with a huge sing-a-long of ‘A Design For Life’ before Wire repeatedly smashed up his bass and then held it aloft to cheers.

CHVRCHES had the crowd clapping along to the intro beats of ‘We Sink’ before they even entered the stage for their early evening set. Powering through the likes of ‘Lies’ and ‘The Mother We Share’, singer Lauren Mayberry joked that the crowd looked “drunk, but not too drunk – after all it’s only 7.30pm”, while the band’s references to being on hometown soil also elicited cheers from the sizeable throng.

Wolf Alice, meanwhile, drew a small but dedicated group to their slot on the T Break stage, bringing out the heavier end of their arsenal including current EP tracks ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ and ‘Storms’. Segueing ‘Blush’ into a cover of Chris Isaac’s ‘Wicked Game’, the London quartet then dedicated ‘Bros’ to “anyone that’s here with a friend” before closing with a raucous ‘Fluff’y. Earlier, Royal Blood drew a heaving crowd to their slot, with ‘Blood Hands’ and finale ‘Out of the Black’ drawing the biggest responses from the crowd.

T in the Park continues today with headline sets from Calvin Harris, Elbow and Ben Howard. Pharrell Williams, Bombay Bicycle Club and London Grammar are also set to play today, while tomorrow (July 13) will be headlined by Arctic Monkeys.