Standing here waiting for them to take to the stage, it’s incredible to believe that just over eight weeks ago Scottish rock favourites Biffy Clyro were performing to nearly ninety thousand fans as one of the headliners of the 2021 Reading & Leeds Festival and in just over eight months time the band will be joining Kiss and Iron Maiden as one of the headliners for the 2022 Download Festival. Put that into context, those three shows alone total over a quarter of a million fans whereas, here in Liverpool, the band are kicking off their humorously-titled “Fingers Crossed” tour in Liverpool in front of just over two-thousand fans.

Now, when the band was announced as a late headliner for the returning alternative weekender this Summer, people said that it was going to be a special night but, really, that statement should be reserved for nights like this. Quite simply, Biffy Clyro does not play venues this size anymore, so the chance to see them this up close and personal is one in a million. Predictably, there isn’t a ticket available nor a spot in the venue by the time Simon Neill and his bandmates take to the stage with chants of “Mon the fuckin’ Biff” ringing around the venue.

Biffy Clyro @ Mountford Hall (Liverpool, UK) on October 29, 2021

Special for a number of reasons, the band were performing nine tracks for the first time tonight taken from their recently-released new album The Myth of the Happily Ever After, the group threw their all into this performance. A sweat-drenched Neill was particularly animated as the band launched into “A Hunger In Your Haunt” and “Denier” with hardcore fans front to back singing every word. Aside from the new tracks, the band powered through a wealth of hits as well including “Mountains” and “Many of Horror” much to the delight of this ecstatic crowd.

Upon releasing their new album, the band stated that the surprise album had been “born out of the frustrations of the pandemic” and, judging by the way the band and their fans threw themselves into every moment of this set, plenty of those frustrations were left behind after this truly exhilarating performance.

Biffy Clyro Set List:

DumDum
A Hunger in Your Haunt
Denier
Separate Missions
Witch’s Cup
Holy Water
Errors in the History of God
Haru Urara
Unknown Male 01
Existed
Slurpy Slurpy Sleep Sleep
God & Satan (Acoustic)
North of No South
That Golden Rule
Biblical
The Pink Limit
Instant History
Mountains
Space
End Of
Bubbles
Many of Horror
Cop Syrup

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.