There has been a mixed reaction to the announcement that Biffy Clyro will be headlining their first major festival when they take to the stage at Sonisphere in just under two weeks. With only a couple of support slots for regular headline act the Foo Fighters in between Glastonbury and their top slot billing, the band must be feeling the pressure, although they certainly aren’t show it.
After arriving on stage a few minutes late, all was forgiven when they launched ferociously into “The Captain”, which lifted the crowd instantly. Lively versions of “That Golden Rule” and “Glitter and Trauma” followed before “God and Satan” produced the first mass sing-along of the night.
Mid set highlights “Who’s got a match?” and “Living Is A problem…” kept the audience moving before “Many Of Horror” and “Mountains” brought the set to a close completely winning over the large crowd who sang back every word.
Criticism of Biffy in the past has always fallen on their song choices; often playing very little off their first three albums, and this was the case at Glastonbury. A handful of songs which predated their album Puzzle were all that the audience were offered, but it wasn’t an issue as not everyone is a massive Biffy fan and many only knew the band’s recent releases. The set was built around eight songs from their latest effort Only Revolutions, but the songs were very well received, producing the biggest response.
All in all it was a fantastic set that kept the mixed audience happy, and with the inclusion of a few more early tracks to please the Biffy diehards that will no doubt be venturing to Sonisphere, they have the potential pull off the prestigious headline slot. [4.0/5.0]