Biffy, Biffy, Biffy! Hearing an entire room as big as Manchester Central screaming like this was no little thing! And neither was the concert.
I’ll start with the one bad, bad thing: this guy who was already drunk and not being able to stand right 15 min after the first opening band started to play. That’s 15 min after the doors opened… Why would you come to a concert in that state? He was clearly bothering everyone he was constantly falling on and I doubt that today he remembers anything. Alcohol was NOT created for this…
Then the extraordinary things. First, the stage set. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stage set that effective and working so well with the songs. I really liked it when Simon sang Folding stars and Machines surrounded by lightbulbs and when they displayed the two flags from the last album’s cover on stage during the last song, Mountains. Then there was the setlist, which was incredibly long (25 songs with the encores!) and they played everything I could have wanted. There wasn’t much interaction with the public, but James kept asking us how we are, and that cheered everyone up.
I got pretty close to the stage, so I was able to have fun with the camera, but I would have liked more focused shots. Anyway, I’m pretty happy with the result, about 10 good shots out of nearly 100. For me, that’s worth having sacrificed some songs.
Then the concert itself was a real treat! After it I am irrevocably in love with Folding stars and I am sure I won’t stop listening to it on repeat for the next few days. The crowd was just right (apart from the aforementioned asshole), the songs sounded perfect and I cheered and screamed like I haven’t in a long time. A pure rock concert is something I don’t think I have experienced that often and now I see I should have. Because Biffy rock your pants of and yes, even after 25 songs you still want more! I’m oh so curious if Kings of Leon or Arcade Fire can top this. Bring it on on the 13th, Caleb 😛