Biffy Clyro at T In The Park 2014 review

'A perfect ten(th) show'

Photographer: Robert KellyGavin McInally on 12 July 2014

Biffy Clyro played a perfect ten(th) as they closed the first night at T in the Park with the biggest show of their lives.

The Scottish rockers - who have literally climbed their way up the T's bill stage-by-stage, slot-by-slot over the past 14 years - finally made top billing before Scotland's biggest music event bid bye, bye to Balado.


The homecoming heroes, Simon Neil and Johnston twins Ben and James, promised a special set before they graced T, and as the curtain drops, they don't disappoint.

"Hello T in the f**king Park, it's great to be here," opens the admittedly nervous Neil before easing into 'Different People' and the blinding anthem 'That Golden Rule' - complete with some pyro... for no other reason than they can.

For years, the Ayrshire trio have played mid afternoon festival sets, cramped in front of production laid out for the headliner of the day, but tonight it's the full stage show, with an Opposites-theme background of golden branches set into a row of giant screens, complete with grand piano and Metallica-issue front stage ramp.

And the Kilmarnock threesome don't waste an inch if it, leaping from drum risers and pacing the many, many boards of the stage every time they aren't required for mic duty.

"We have been waiting a long time for this moment so thanks for coming and sharing it with us" professes Neil, after a rousing rendition of 'The Captain', and with the emotional return from the crowd during 'Folding Stars' it appears the feeling is mutual.

Biffy's recent set lists from across the globe have almost entirely ignored their output before the career changing Puzzle album so it's a rare and welcome treat to hear 'Questions and Answers' and '57' being aired tonight as the set warms up.

However, even the purists can't deny that Biffy transformed themselves from a Barrowlands band to arena giants on the back of radio-friendly pop-infused rock and it's no surprise to see the even the freshest numbers being digested with more gratitude than the cult classics.

"It's just you and me." Neil admits before picking up his acoustic guitar and facing 40-50,000 faces for the melodic 'God and Satan' and crowd chaos is restored for the edgy anthem 'Glitter and Trauma'.

Predictably, 'Many of Horror' (so badly massacred by Matt Cardle) provides the sing-a-long of the night although 'Black Chandelier' and the infectious 'Bubbles' have a bash for the honour too.


"This is a heavy metal song," Neil grinned before indulging in an emotional take of 'Machines' but there isn't much time to dwell on the encore as a piper appears to introduce 'Stingin' Belle' which has never sounded as stunning as it does tonight.

Fireworks accompany closing tune 'Mountains' and the first night at T is rounded off in suitably noisy fashion. Mon the Biffy!

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