Biffy Clyro play little-heard songs for 200 fans – and refuse to go topless – in Glasgow

The band also performed one unreleased track in last Scottish date before T In The Park headline slot

Biffy Clyro returned to Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut last night for an intimate acoustic show to celebrate the relaunch of XFM in Scotland.

Introduced by XFM DJ Jim Gellatly, this show – which was also in support of the charity War Child – was the Ayrshire trio’s final Scottish date before headlining T In The Park this summer, taking place before an audience of just 200 competition winners.

Simon Neil was on chatty form throughout the loose and informal show. After the crowd took over vocal duties on ‘Black Chandelier’ the frontman admitted that “we weren’t sure if you guys would be up for singing”, and at one point even stopped the show to draw attention to the production, which was rather more basic than they’ve become accustomed to. “Just to show you how hi-tech our shit is now, this is our smoke machine,” he grinned, holding up a desk fan. “You don’t get to headline T In The Park without this stuff.” Known for getting shirtless at their shows, one fan was shouting for the band go “taps aff”, but Neil was insistent that, “It’s no gonnae happen, hen.”

The band’s 15-song set made room for some of their biggest hits, including ‘Stingin’ Belle’ – restyled as a country-rock stomper – and ‘Folding Stars’. But perhaps more notable were the smattering of rarities, including B-sides ‘Little Soldiers’, ‘The Rain’ and ‘Breatheher’, plus one previously-unreleased track titled ‘Here Come The Naturals’, which received its live debut.

After ending on ‘Biblical’, the band returned for a three-song encore, which began with the rarely-played ‘Christopher’s River’, from their 2002 debut ‘Blackened Sky’. Before a closing ‘Many Of Horror’, Neil paid tribute to the crowd, saying, “These acoustic things are quite nerve-wracking for us, so thanks for making it great.” He also quipped that, “We hope to see some of you at T. It’s gonna be a similar set-up!”

Biffy Clyro played:

‘Different People’
‘Black Chandelier’
‘God & Satan’
‘Little Soldiers’
‘Here Come The Naturals’
‘Stingin’ Belle’
‘The Rain’
‘Folding Stars’
‘I’m Behind You’

‘Christopher’s River’
‘Many Of Horror’