Biffy Clyro plays their first show in the North East of England in over three years.

This summer the band have performed some of their largest shows to date with open air shows in Glasgow and headline appearances at Reading and Leeds Festivals. Over the course of a single weekend, Biffy Clyro performed to a combined audience of over 200,000 people.

Earlier this year Biffy Clyro released their incredible seventh studio album Ellipsis, which immediately entered the charts at number one. This being the band’s second chart-topping record following on from 2013’s Opposites. The band’s latest offering is arguably one of their best records to date.

Tonight Biffy Clyro arrives on Tyneside for a show at the Metro Radio Arena in support of their latest offering. A packed out crowd is in attendance to witness the band’s return. As the house lights, dim chants of “Mon the Biff” reverberates around the room from the band’s eager fans.

An atmospheric operatic aria plays the band onto the stage, which is effectively the calm before the storm. Biffy’s frontman Simon Neil is dressed in a long white coat and grasping his trusty Fender Stratocaster as the band launch into the opening track from Ellipsis “Wolves of Winter”, which is followed in quick succession by the anthemic “Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies” and “Sounds Like Balloons”.

What is immediately apparent is the scale of the band’s production tonight, with a large video wall at the back of the stage, a whole raft of ramps and risers at either side of the arena, as well as one of the most impressive light shows we’ve ever witnessed, which largely emanates from the impressive structure which frames the stage. This show is truly a spectacle to behold.

The band’s career-spanning set centres around their latest record with the lion’s share of the album included in the show tonight. As the fans would want and expect these songs are interspersed between many of the band’s big hitters like “Bubbles”, “Mountains” and “Many of Horror”.

Next year is already looking to be equally as successful a year for the Scottish rockers with a string of high-profile festival dates already confirmed both at home and abroad. These include Rock on the Range in the U.S. as well as an impending headline appearance at Download Festival in Castle Donington.

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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