Biffy Clyro played their first major UK show since headlining T In The Park this summer at London’s Troxy last night (November 22).
The Scottish trio topped the bill at the Relentless Live event, playing on a line-up that also included sets from Slaves, Zane Lowe and Huxtable, who had won the Relentless Here To Be Heard competition to secure their spot at the evening. The Kilmarnock band had previously been shortlisted from more than 300 entries by NME’s New Music Editor Matt Wilkinson and Reading and Leeds Festivals’ head booker Jon McIIdowie.
Biffy Clyro, who are currently working on the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Opposites’, opened up their headline set with ‘Different People’ from last year’s double album. “Thank you, London,” said bare-chested frontman Simon Neil after ‘The Captain’, the third song of the band’s hour and 15 minutes long set. “How the fuck are you? It’s great to see you all tonight, thanks for going to our only London show. We’ve missed you!”
The band were on energetic form during the evening, playing an impressively loud set which was accompanied by an intense light show throughout the performance. “It’s an honour to be back in London and play for you guys tonight,” said bass player James Johnston after ‘Sounds Like Balloons’. The gig was the band’s first in the capital since they played the O2 Arena in April 2013. The 4,000 capacity Troxy made for an intimate appearance for the band, who also headed up the bill at Isle Of Wight Festival this summer and Reading and Leeds last year. The set drew heavily from ‘Opposites’, including ‘Black Chandelier’, ‘Biblical’, and ‘Stingin’ Belle’ from the release, as well ‘Bubbles’, ‘That Golden Rule’, ‘Mountains’, ‘Many Of Horror’ and an acoustic ‘God & Satan’ from its predecessor, 2009’s ‘Only Revolutions’.
Last night’s set also included a rare outing of ‘Wave Upon Wave Upon Wave’ from the band’s 2004 album ‘Infinity Land’. “We have not played that in a while,” said Neil after the track. Later in the set he dedicated ‘Strung To Your Ribcage’ to fans who’d been waiting outside the venue since 5am in the morning. “You guys are awesome,” he commented. “I’d never get up at 5am for anything!”
Biffy Clyro will play a run of special, sold-out shows at Glasgow Barrowland next month. They will appear at the venue on December 6, 7 and 8, with fans helping to choose the setlists for the shows.
Biffy Clyro played:
‘That Golden Rule’
‘Sounds Like Balloons’
‘Wave Upon Wave Upon Wave’
‘God & Satan’
‘Glitter And Trauma’
‘Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies’
‘Many Of Horror’
‘Strung To Your Ribcage’
Earlier in the evening fans in the venue were entertained by appearances from Zane Lowe, Slaves and Huxtable. Lowe performed a high-energy 45-minute DJ set, while Kent duo Slaves played a half-hour slot which featured tracks like ‘The Hunter’ and ‘Hey’. Next year Slaves will be the opening band on the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas.
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