Biffy Clyro: ‘We’re shiteing it about Leeds headline slot’

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Biffy Clyro say they’re “shiteing” it ahead of their headline performance at Leeds Festival tonight (August 23).

The band are due to headline the festival for the first time this evening, and will close Reading festival on Sunday.

Asked how he felt about the show, less than two hours before the band took to the stage, frontman Simon Neil told NME he was, “Shiteing it! We’ve been saying it for weeks, ‘It’s just another gig, we do it every night of the year.’ Then we woke up today and we realised: no, this isn’t just another gig. It’s more important than that. But this is what you do it for – you do it for these moments where you’re not quite sure how your body’s going to react, how your mind’s going to react. So yes: excited. But also: shiteing it.”

Reading and Leeds boss Melvin Benn recent spoke about booking Biffy Clyro, telling NME he expects their performance to be the highlight of the weekend. “The most special moment for me will be when Biffy take the stage as headliners at Reading and Leeds,” he said. “They are one of the bands that cut their teeth at Reading and Leeds. They sharpened themselves in front of those audiences. They are a band who are at a point where they wanted to headline for a little while. They’ve been knocking on the door. They’re a great British band.”

Quizzed on when he decided Biffy Clyro achieved headliner status, Benn adds: “It was probably about 18 months ago, I just listened to their albums and spoke with their manager and they would say, ‘Oh, can they headline?’ and I felt like the timing wasn’t right. But now it’s the right time. We had that conversation internally with the band and we all felt like it was the right time. I’d say that’s a real statement of our faith and desire to make sure that we get the opportunity for young British bands to come forward.”

See NME.COM/festivals/reading-and-leeds, and for more information about this summer’s events.

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