Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre continues to attract world-class artists and tonight’s Biffy Clyro concert is no exception to that rule. This being the hard rocking Scottish trio’s only UK mainland headline date of 2019, as well as their first show of the year.
Despite the fact that tonight’s festival warm-up was only announced a few weeks prior, and was coupled with competition from both Download and the Isle of Wight Festivals it didn’t stop a near-capacity crowd from making their way to this much loved Northern Seaside town this evening.
Having spent most of 2019 in the studio making new music, Biffy Clyro were quite literally chomping at the bit to make their return. And whilst mother nature hasn’t been too co-operative with the weather this week, patrons arriving bedecked in ponchos and waterproofs were enough to ward off the rain, with a mainly clear and pleasant evening on the coast.
Fellow countrymen Fatherson – who looks to be following in the footsteps of tonight’s headliners and a genre-defying set from Ghostpoet was the pre-cursor to tonight’s main event and certainly got the crowd warmed up early in the evening.
It goes without saying that as a group Biffy Clyro continue to push themselves both musically and artistically. The band’s latest output is a film score for the movie Balance Not Symmetry. Of course, the latter of which was adapted from a screenplay co-written by the band’s frontman Simon Neil. Subsequently, as the group takes to the stage they deliver an astounding live debut to the title track itself.
But it’s not just new music that the band’s fans are treated to but Simon Neil himself is also sporting a new haircut and has lost his long hair in favour of a short back and sides.
One thing is for sure, Biffy Clyro spares no expense on their live shows, and by the second song of the set “Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies” ticker tape is propelled through the sky from cannons in front of the stage, which only fuels their fans excitement even further. The band’s stage set almost looks like an illuminated and somewhat unravelled Rubik’s cube, which is set against the rear wall. There is also the occasional use of pyro, which further adds to the group’s fiery performance of ”Who’s Got A Match”.
There is no shortage of big hitters at the top of the set with the inclusion of anthems such as “The Captain”, ”God And Satan” and ”Mountains” all featuring. The band’s fans sing loudly and wholeheartedly throughout; many of whom climb up onto the shoulders of their friends whilst others choose to get in on the action in the mosh pit in the centre of the crowd.
A further live debut to new song “Sunrise” is one of the many highlights of the set. With its sinister intro, heavy groove and incredibly catchy melody the song certainly gets the Scarborough crowd moving. The track ebbs and flows throughout and even takes a somewhat surprising funky turn in the latter stages of the number.
The band slows down the proceedings momentarily with a beautiful airing of “Rearrange”, before “Black Chandelier” perfectly brings the tempo back up to normal levels. Biffy Clyro certainly knows how to work a festival crowd – they make it look effortless.
Tonight Biffy Clyro have arrived in Scarborough armed with an arsenal of crowd-pleasing anthems, during a 23 song setlist that leaves no stone unturned. As the band race towards the finish line they take the crowd back to the start of their career with the fast and furious fan favourite “57” before the classic “The Golden Rule” and a spellbinding airing of “Many Of Horror” closes out their main set.
On the strength of tonight’s show, it’s fair to say that it may have taken a while for the return of Biffy Clyro, but it was certainly worth the wait.
There is still much more to come from this Scarborough Open Air Theatre this year with chart-topping superstars such as Kylie, Lewis Capaldi and Jess Glynne all featuring over the course of the summer. For further details please visit: http://www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com/
Event Date: 14-June-2019