It’s been two years since Biffy Clyro went straight to #1 with ‘A Celebration of Endings’. As the album was released in the midst of lockdown, the band were unable to celebrate its release with a tour. Instead, they plotted an ambitious and visually arresting livestream show that allowed fans all over the world to share the moment with them. Now Biffy Clyro announce that the show will be released as ‘A Celebration of Endings – Live From The Barrowland Ballroom’ on October 14th.
The show proved to be an innovative alternative to the Biffy Clyro live experience. Bringing their full arena-scale production to Glasgow’s Barrowland, the band were joined by touring members Mike Vennart and Richard ‘Gambler’ Ingram as well as a string section to bring the vast spectrum of sounds from the ‘A Celebration of Endings’ to life. They also made the most of the venue’s varying spaces to make the show equally as visually spectacular too. After starting out on the stage, they also performed on the venue’s main floor and, most memorably, within a small, striking mirrored cube for ‘Tiny Indoor Fireworks’. The sprawling set closer ‘Cop Syrup’ saw Simon Neil continue to play as he headed into the foyer and out into the street before returning to the venue to join James and Ben Johnston for its explosive finale.
‘A Celebration of Endings – Live From The Barrowland Ballroom’ is now available to pre-order HERE. Biffy Clyro’s official store will release a special album bundle limited to just 3000 copies. The bundle compiles the audio of the set on double-vinyl, a Blu-ray which captures the full performance, and a special art print. Fans have asking about a full release of the show since it was first streamed, so it’s expected that the bundle will quickly sell-out.
Today also sees Biffy Clyro share the video for ‘Unknown Male 01’. Taken from last year’s companion album ‘The Myth of the Happily Ever After’, ‘Unknown Male 01’ encapsulates all of the band’s most essential traits into one song. While it acknowledges that the grim spectre of mental health issues will always loom, Simon’s plaintive words (“I’ll catch you on the way down… I’ll be there with you wherever you go”) offer the optimism that the power of the human spirit can guide us through our troubles. Those emotions are channelled into one of the band’s biggest dynamic moments, as they move from calm reflection to jagged, spiralling riffs.
The video starts by placing each member of Biffy Clyro alone in a selection of desolate locations. Once the song begins to hit hard, they perform together blindfolded, unaware that a cult-like congregation is gathering around them. Despite remaining blindfolded, Simon is drawn to a mysterious light – a beacon of hope to counter the darker aspects of the lyrics. It was directed by their regular collaborator Oscar Sansom.
2022 has seen Biffy Clyro win the Kerrang Award! for Best British Band and make a long-awaited return to full-scale tour. They followed their first North American tour in over four years with a selection of major European festival dates, including the Sunday night headline slot at Download. Kerrang’s review declared that they are “still one of the best bands in the land,” while NME praised their “wonderful sense of surprise that no other headliner offered.” November will see them play their first full UK and Ireland arena tour since 2016. Tickets for the dates, listed below, are available here.
5th – Leeds, First Direct Arena
6th – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
8th – Dublin, 3Arena
9th – Belfast, SSE Arena
11th – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
12th – London, The O2
14th – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
15th – Bournemouth, BIC