So XFM have returned to the Scottish airwaves and what have they done to celebrate the event??? Only to setup the most anticipated sought after exclusive gigs of the year…An intimate acoustic gig with Biffy Clyro!!! The response was huge as you might expect but only 200 lucky XFM listeners got a ticket to catch this once in a lifetime event. To top a great night XFM were running this event in aid of War Child…a thoroughly deserving charity.
Opening for Biffy were the brilliant Medals who are compiled mainly from members past and present of Sucioperro….. friends and fellow Kilmarnockonians of Biffy Clyro.
Biffy are introduced on stage by XFM DJ Jim Gellatly who gave the band their first airing on the radio all those years ago and saw them open with Different People which was welcomed by a massive applause, way louder than you would expect from an audience of 200 people…Simon Neil described it a very Scottish response!! Black Chandelier has a special quality played acoustically and to see the rammed crowd sing along with the chorus relieving Simon of singing duties is spine tingling stuff. The whole experience is quite surreal as this is like having Biffy Clyro in your front room, the band especially Simon Neil have a great rapport with the audience with some great one liners in answer to the crowds heckling…friendly of course.
Things quieten down a little for Little Soldiers to be followed by a superb acoustic take on God And Satan with yet again the crowd taking on singing duties. A first airing for new song Here Come The Naturals again a quiet moment most of the crowd listened to intently. Stingin Belle illustrated perfectly the feeling the fans have for Biffy Clyro…affection beyond simple musical appreciation …some would describe it as love…every word of every verse and chorus sang back to the band on stage…heck one guy behind me was even harmonising. To pick out any highlights of the set would do Biffy Clyro an injustice as the whole set was special but Opposite, Biblical were something else…real hair on the back of the neck stuff. Simon . James and Ben disappear offstage for a small break (encore!) to be beckoned back onto stage with chants of Biffy Biffy… Simon Neil is the first back and informs the crowd that James and Ben are peeing…. the story of his life he states!! Waiting for them to pee!! The band play a rarity Christopher’s River…four years since they last played it live. Simon thanks the crowd and explains that the band were really nervous beforehand which seems odd considering the crowds this band have played in front of but I suppose baring your soul to an intimate close Glasgow crowd must be a daunting experience. Biffy closed with Many of Horror… simply stunning.
This was always going to be a special gig but what made it for me was the way Biffy Clyro interacted with small very lucky bunch of fans…no airs and graces, no pop star antics just simply a bunch of guys playing their music for their friends…One of the best gig I’ve ever been privileged to bear witness to…. Mon The Biff…See you at T In The Park where they are headlining, just a wee bit bigger than Tuts!!