Holding down the fort for the more devil horn-raising section of the bill, Biffy Clyro go full pelt into a monumental set on the Pyramid Stage, nestled amusingly between disco veterans Chic and ginger pop prince Ed Sheeran. Imagine the afterparty backstage tonight. Topless from the off and clad in flower crowns (because, well, why not?) Simon Neil and co. shred the field to bits; the trio may be minimal on production tonight, but they max out on all the noise they can muster.
It’s a set dominated by new smashers. Heavy on cuts from latest LP ‘Ellipsis’, the likes of ‘Howl’, ‘Animal Style, and opener ‘Wolves of Winter’ lead the way, the latter’s refrain (“We are the wolves of winter/ We live in a kingdom of blood”) tearing the Pyramid a new one after a day heavy on nostalgia and heritage acts. It’s in moments from Biffy’s sprawling back catalogue, looking right back to 2007 breakthrough LP ‘Puzzles’ though, that prompt the most mayhem. ‘Mountains’ and ‘Many of Horror’ - both from 2009’s ‘Only Revolutions’ - are still the standout sing-a-long moments that really set the heaving main stage crowd ablaze, while ‘Bubbles’ and ‘That Golden Rule’ sound headliner-worthy.
Last year, singer Simon Neil took an awkward tumble from a speaker during the band’s surprise Park Stage set. This year, there’s no such problems. With the crowd in the palm of their hands from the off, Biffy Clyro’s roaring anthemics did Glastonbury proud on the biggest platform of all. ‘Mon the Biff indeed.
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