Biffy Clyro set fire to guitar in the NME/Radio One Tent

Band end Carling Weekend: Reading Festival set in flame-grilled style

Biffy Clyro played an explosive set at the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival tonight (August 25), which saw lead singer Simon Neil end his band’s set by setting fire to then destroying his guitar.

Biffy! Biffy!” chants had filled the NME/Radio One Tent a full 20 minutes before the band took the stage at 20:05 BST, playing a high-octane set which took in highlights from the band’s recent album, ‘Puzzle’ as well as old favourites.

The band were joined by Oceansize guitarist Mike Vennart for two songs, adding a bolstered, layered guitar sound to the band’s hard rock assault.

‘Who’s Got A Match’ prompted a mass crowd singalong, with members of the crowd waving Scottish flags in honour of the band – who were watched in the wings by fellow Scot Kyle Falconer of The View.

The frenetic show was threatened with a premeature end when, during ‘Now I’m Everyone’, Neil’s guitar packed in. The song had to be halted early as a roadie replaced the guitar.

The set continued with renewed energy, however, with ‘Get Fucked Stud’ prompting a slew of crowd-surfers and moshing. Medical staff had to hand out glasses of water to fans near the front of the crowd, such was the heat in the tent.

After frenzied closer ‘Glitter and Trauma’, Neil knelt down over his guitar and set alight to it. The entire guitar head was soon engulfed in flames.

Neil, shirtless, sweating profusely and baring his multiple tattoos, held the guitar above his head for a few seconds before smashing it down on the stage in front of him. The wrecked guitar lay smouldering as the band walked off stage to enormous cheers.

Biffy Clyro played:

‘Bodies In Flight’

‘Who’s Got A Match’

‘Saturday Superhouse’

‘Love has A Diameter’

‘Living Is A Problem (Because Everything Dies)’



‘Now I’m Everyrone’

‘Get Fucked Stud’

‘Folding Stars’

‘Glitter and Trauma’

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