Last night (December 8) Biffy Clyro stormed into The O2 in London with their spectacular new stage show – photographer Andy Willsher was out front and on stage to capture this awe-inspiring night.
Biffy Clyro’s dazzling tour to promote their latest seventh album ‘Ellipses’ arrived at The O2 in all its cubular glory last night, featuring the huge rank of light-up squares that give the show the feel of watching a rock show in a virtual corridor. The show reflects the virtual reality Biffy experience that toured festivals this year in a huge ‘hypercube’.
20,000 fans filled the arena to watch the skin-baring Scots pile into the new album’s intense opening track ‘Wolves Of Winter’ before the maniacal stabbing chords of ‘Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies’ set the arena aflame.
While leaning heavily on the new album, playing virtually the entire record over the course of the evening, the band broke out the crowd-pleasing anthems early on, piling into a ‘Biblical’ as mighty and powerful as any religious text.
Digging deep into their back catalogue to deliver ’57’ from their 2002 debut album ‘Blackened Sky’ pleased the hardcore wing of Team Biff, while the poppier, weightless froth of ‘Bubbles’ had the crowd fizzing like Mentos in Coke.
Tatts defiantly oot, Biffy barely let the pace drop, hammering out a weighty ‘Black Chandelier’, the new album’s tribal synth highpoint ‘Friends And Enemies’, a furious ‘That Golden Rule’ and a gloriously epic ‘Folding Stars’ in quick succession.
Bassist Ben Johnston was absolutely having it.
7Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro
It got pretty sweaty in the arena as Biffy thundered towards the set’s conclusion.
8James Johnston of Biffy Clyro
Obviously none of the three had their shirts on at this point: drummer James Johnston included.
To finish up the main part of the set, the trio played ‘Animal Style’, and ‘Many Of Horror’, followed by a solo acoustic performance of ‘Machines’ by frontman Simon Neil.
It wasn’t over until it was over though: ‘The Captain’, ‘People’ and ‘Stingin’ Belle’ formed the three-song encore. Job well done.