For the tenth time in the band’s 21 year history, Biffy Clyro played Reading & Leeds Festival this weekend. The set was a spectacular combination of stadium rock, complex staging, and bare torsos. 15 years after their first performance at Reading, here’s what went down on Sunday night at the main stage.
Opening with ‘Wolves of Winter’ from their new album ‘Ellipsis’, Biffy Clyro played for one hour and 30 minutes, closing the set with ‘Stingin’ Belle’
Following ‘Sounds Like Balloons’, frontman Simon Neil greeted the crowd: “Reading ’16, how the fuck are you doing? It’s lovely to see you here, we’re Biffy fucking Clyro.”
The band were met by wildly enthusiastic punters. Mid-set Neil told the crowd that the performance had created “moments [they’ll] never forget”.
He told the crowd to “Mon the Reading”, a play on the Scottish band’s popular fan phrase “Mon the Biff”.
The staging featured a complex 3D lighting feature to give the impression of a cube, whilst background screens imitated rotating cubes broadcasting the live show.
Neil announced ’57’ by calling the track “one for the old school”.
The track was followed up by ‘Friends and Enemies’, “for the new school”.
The performance was the second time the band have headlined Reading & Leeds, following their performance in 2013, where Green Day and Eminem also headlined.