The rock heroes supported themselves at Shepherd's Bush Empire
Aware that Paul Weller had supported Richard Hawley at one of the earlier War Child gigs for Brits Week – a series of shows in which huge names play special tiny one-off shows for the charity – fans waiting eagerly to hear who might be supporting Biffy Clyro at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire last night (February 20) were in for a shock when the support act turned out to be… early Biffy Clyro. Here’s how the evening played out…
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When asked who they wanted to support them at their War Child gig, Biffy reportedly said “ourselves”. So early doors fans were treated to an eight-song set culled from Biffy’s first three albums ‘Blackened Sky’, ‘The Vertigo Of Bliss’ and ‘Infinity Land’.
Many of these songs hadn’t been played since 2014, including ‘Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys, Toys’, ‘Questions And Answers’ and set-closer ‘There’s No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake’.
Between the two sets, host Chris Moyles introduced War Child’s CEO Rob Williams and Oscar, who told the crowd about the work War Child had done to help him receive an education while growing up in the Democratic Republic Of Congo.
Biffy then took to the stage for their second set, cracking into ‘Wolves Of Winter’, the lead single from their latest album ‘Ellipses’, and fan favourite ‘Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies’, the sound of being assaulted in an alleyway by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The crowd, who’d paid just £5 per pair of tickets in a ballot for entry, were walloped in close quarters with the almighty ‘Biblical’, the stately ‘Black Chandelier’ and the Alp-heavy ‘Mountains’.
A thunderous 17 song main set closed out with ‘Only Revolutions’ monsters ‘That Golden Rule’ and ‘Many Of Horror’, with Simon Neil bawling “when we collide we come together” like a topless hairiest possessed.
The encore was similarly intense, as Biffy fired up a closing trio of ‘Machines’, ‘Animal Style’ and cataclysmic showtune closer ‘The Captain’.
Brits Weeks continues with shows from The 1975, Wild Beasts, Basement Jaxx, Jack Savoretti and, oh yes, Rick Astley. Best of luck following this.