There’s something deeply satisfying about an acoustic show, especially one at a venue as iconic as the Royal Albert Hall which is impressive at the best of times. 2018 marks 7 years since Biffy Clyro last came to the venue and the MTV Unplugged tour seemed like the right occasion to bring it back to the venue. Even without the electric guitars and deep heavy riffs the second the notes of ‘The Captain’ rang out it was business as usual for the Scottish trio who were accompanied by their touring band. Although seeing them all sat down with their shirts on did take some getting used to.
The whole set was stripped-down showcasing the beauty behind the big songs which you usually hear pounding around arenas and festival sites, and each and every track had been carefully reworked spanning their entire career including ‘Folding Stars’, ‘Mountains’, ‘Black Chandelier’ and ‘Justboy’ to name a few. It’s much easier to see the beauty behind the songs in a setting like this as the crowd sit back and melt into the music.
The Scots have an impressive discography underneath their belts with seven albums, four of which reaching the top 5 in the UK Album Charts, and although they’re two decades into their career they’re constantly surprising us and coming up with new ways to reinvent ‘The Biff’. This includes newer tracks like ‘Adored’ and ‘Different Kind of Love’ which seem to have been made for venues like this.
Determined to make the night truly special the band welcome on stage a cellist to accompany them on some songs adding a beautiful edge to their otherwise spectacular tracks.
No one can deny that Simon Neil is a fantastic front man but being able to demand a crowd as large as the Royal Albert Hall with just an acoustic guitar and a microphone is a skill not that many musicians have. The whole set had a completely different vibe to any other Biffy show that it was one that the crowd relished in. There’s something truly special about getting truly lost in the magic of the music with spotlights basking the stage and a tree towering above the drum kit.
Biffy Clyro are a force to be reckoned with and a tour like the MTV Unplugged tour won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
Photos from the official Royal Albert Hall site