After a much anticipated performance from the Scottish three piece, Biffy Clyro sensationally ended an excellent weekend by headlining the main stage. The band received a mixture of negative feedback when it was first announced they would be placed on top of the bill, however after Sunday’s captivating performance the band certainly demonstrated why they rightfully deserved to be a headline act. After nearly fifteen years of hard grafting in the music industry and eight appearances at Reading and Leeds Festival, it was clear to see that this night meant just as much to the band as it did to their fans.
The trio began with the intro song to their 2013 Opposite’s album “Different People” before moving on to more chart-friendly songs such as “That Golden Rule” and “Biblical” sparking huge pyrotechnics to compliment the impressive set which exhibited a grand tree replicating that of their Opposite’s album artwork. The set-list progressed into an acoustic area showcasing the simplicity of front-man Simon Neil’s vocals with beautifully performed emotive tracks such as “God and Satan” and “Machines”. They then engaged the audience with a collection of entrancing rock balladry anthems such as the classic “Many of Horror” and “Folding Stars” of which Neil introduced as a song “for anyone who has ever lost someone”. Even more impressively, the band also dipped into their collection of pre-2010 hardcore grunge for the older fans with energetic tracks such as “57” from 2002 album Blackened Sky and “Question and Answer” from The Vertigo of Bliss released in 2003.
However, the most spell-bounding, spine tingling and goose-bumpy moment of the night was the sensational encore performance of “Mountains” which saw the 80,000 strong crowd unite in the same chorus overcast with a sky of fireworks. Neil ended by announcing the band had been “waiting their whole lives for this” to which the audience responded with an ongoing applause at the overwhelmed three piece.
Without a doubt, the best headliner I have seen close the Reading Festival stage. They topless trio gave the performance everything they had and as long-time fan I really believe they are still on their way to bigger and better things.
Mon the biff!