Biffy Clyro: ‘We’ve paid our dues at Reading and Leeds festivals’

Scottish trio are appearing at the festivals for the 10th time this year

Biffy Clyro have said they feel as though they have “paid our dues” at Reading and Leeds festivals over the years.

The Kilmarnock trio headlined Leeds last night (August 26) and will headline Reading tomorrow (August 28) in what is their 10th appearance at the festivals – and the second time they have headlined.

“To be asked [to headline] before was such a huge moment in the band’s life,” guitarist James Johnston told the BBC. “I think we have probably paid our dues, we’ve played all the small stage and worked our way up.”


Asked why they have such a close relationship with the festivals, Johnston replied: “It feels like there is a lot of good will from the punters that come here. We feel it is an opportunity to try and improve on what we did before, maybe we will pick up some new fans.”

“It is one that has long been really close to our hearts,” he added.

Meanwhile, the band have recently announced they will head out on a UK arena tour in November and December. The Ellipsis tour will begin in Glasgow on November 29, before heading to Aberdeen, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff and Birmingham. It will conclude at The O2 in London on December 8.

Biffy Clyro will play:

Glasgow, SSE Hydro (November 29)
Aberdeen, AECC (November 30)
Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena (December 2))
Manchester, Arena (December 3)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (December 4)
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (December 6)
Birmingham, BCA (December 7)
London, The O2 (December 8)