Biffy Clyro @ Headrow House
Now at a stage where they’re predominantly seen gracing some of the world’s biggest arenas and festivals, it was certainly a special occasion to see Biffy Clyro performing an acoustic gig to 100 people at Leeds’ Headrow House.
This summer will see them headline Reading & Leeds festival for the second time and last night’s performance was truly epic in the sense of its intimacy. The acoustic nature of the night certainly added to the exclusivity of the event, as it’s rare to see such stripped back renditions of what are normally uncontained rock anthems.
Simon Neil and co appeared relaxed as they took to the stage, and this suitably low-key approach continued as Neil threw out witty remarks, such as introducing themselves as The 1975, much to the delight of those in attendance. The band kicked off the night with ‘The Captain’, which despite its toned down nature still managed to convey a sense of grandeur that only they can be associated with. Neil’s musical mastery was consistently evident throughout the evening with his adoption of a more laid-back state, and the deconstructed version of ‘Biblical’ was certainly one of the highlights. The band also chose to debut a selection of new material, with ‘Medicine’ being auditioned ahead of the band’s release of their 7th album in July.
The intimate audience also witnessed the first play of ‘Drop It’ since 2010, which was slotted in alongside the majestic ‘Mountains’, which inspired the first of many crowd sing-alongs. The band were more than happy to interact in such moments, with Neil regularly inciting laughter from those lucky enough to be witnessing Biffy in their rawest form. It was a pleasure to see that the band have remained so level headed, despite their established status within the music scene.
Fan favourites ‘Machines’ and ‘Different People’ closed the night’s exclusive event, with an emotional rendition of the former leaving a few people struggling to hold back the tears. A fitting end to a night that will undoubtedly stick long in the minds of all those who were lucky enough to be in attendance.
Biffy Clyro are a band that can seemingly do no wrong, and if last night’s performance is anything to go on then their appearance at this summer’s Reading & Leeds Festival is undoubtedly set to be their most scintillating to date.
Words: Lewis Evans
Photography: Danny Payne Photography