Biffy fans share spe­cial mo­ment at the Bar­ras

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Biffy Clyro, Glas­gow Bar­row­land. Re­view by An­drea O’Neill

Top­ping a phe­nom­e­nal open­ing night can be a hard task for some bands, but Biffy proved they were more than up for the chal­lenge, un­leash­ing their most hard­core set so far.

Kick­ing off night two of their sold-out three-night res­i­dency at the leg­endary Glas­gow Bar­row­land on Satur­day, Biffy burst onto the stage with Bod­ies in Flight from their sec­ond stu­dio al­bum The Ver­tigo of Bliss. The blis­ter­ing track set the tone for the rest of the night as the bare-chested Ayr­shire trio stepped up a gear in homage to their diehard fans.

Elated cheers and chants of “Mon the Biffy” em­anated from the crowd as ex­cited fans climbed up the stairs em­bla­zoned with the band’s song lyrics.

The en­ergy inside the ball­room was elec­tric as the alt rock­ers churned out heavy gui­tar-driven tracks Erad­i­cate the Doubt and Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys, Toys.

In­ter­spersed with popular songs from their more com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful record, Only Rev­o­lu­tions, the setlist was re­ally some­thing spe­cial. A nod to their loyal fol­low­ers, the setlists over the three nights were se­lected by the fans as a thank you for their support over the years. And they chose well with hits Ques­tions and An­swers, Moun­tains and That Golden Rule among the stand-out tracks.

The buoy­ant crowd were in full voice on the night, singing along to ev­ery word as the trio burst into their usual fre­netic on-stage an­tics. To the fans’ de­light Si­mon Neil ac­knowl­edged their adu­la­tion telling them “I think you lot are even louder than last night’s crowd!”

Slow­ing down the pace, Biffy brought out their softer side with God & Satan, swiftly fol­lowed by Di­ary of Al­ways and Lit­tle Sol­diers. The crowd erupted as Biffy blasted out Bub­bles and the glo­ri­ous All the Way Down Pro­logue Chap­ter 1, set­ting their fans up for an on­slaught of more high-oc­tane fun with Once an Em­pire. Re­turn­ing for a three-song en­core Biffy soon got the crowd bounc­ing again as they chanted along to Cloud of Stink be­fore a sing-a-long en­sued for the band’s big­gest sin­gle Many of Hor­ror.

Famed for their stop-start melodies it was ap­pro­pri­ate for them to end the night with the epic Now the Ac­tion is on Fire!

The rock gi­ants re­sponded to the ap­plause with a thrilling stage dive into the arms of their ador­ing fans.

Elec­tric Si­mon Neil com­manded the stage at the Bar­ras Pic: Emma Ross

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