Relentless Live took place at London's Troxy on Saturday night featuring Biffy Clyro's first major UK show since headlining T In The Park this summer. On hand to capture the action was rising photographer and Relentless Here To Be Heard competition winner Steve Smailes. NME photographer Dean Chalkley was part of the panel of judges to award Smailes. Here's 8 of the best shots from the night...
Before Biffy were Kent duo Slaves, whose half-hour slot featured tracks like 'The Hunter' and 'Hey'. The pair should get used to big shows: next year they're set to be the opening band on the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas.
Zane Lowe was the Troxy's resident DJ for the night as the night got underway. As you can see, the East London venue was packed.
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 Simon Neil after 'The Captain', the third song of the band's 75-minute 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 feel to the night for Biffy, who are most used to heading the bill at festivals like Isle Of Wight (2014) and Reading and Leeds (2013). Their set drew heavily from 'Opposites', including 'Black Chandelier', 'Biblical', and 'Stingin' Belle' from the release, as well 'Bubbles', 'Mountains' and an acoustic 'God & Satan' from 2009's 'Only Revolutions'.
Saturday'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!"
Next up for Biffy is 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.