Biffy Clyro will headline the opening night of @bergenmusicfest in Norway. Tickets on sale @ https://t.co/dtBrnjFBY1 https://t.co/ACYpJQJOFw
Biffy Clyro (formed 1995)
Biffy Clyro are an alternative rock band from Ayrshire, Scotland. The lineup of the band consists of: Simon Neil on guitar and vocals, Ben Johnston on drums and vocals and James Johnston on bass and vocals.
Formation & Early Years: Biffy Clyro first got together in 1995, when Simon Neil recruited Ben Johnston and a boy known as Barry to play with him. They named the band Screwfish. Barry was soon replaced with James' twin brother, James.
At this stage, the band was heavily influenced by Nirvana. They played their debut gig supporting a band called Pink Kross at East Kilbride's Key Youth Centre (now known as Universal Connections East Kilbride.
In 1997, all three members of the band moved to Glasgow. Neil attended the University of Glasgow and the twins studied at Stow College learning Electronics with Music and Audio Engineering. The trio started gigging around Glasgow and slowly built up a following. Dee Bahl noticed the band and offered to manage them, arranging an independent single release on the Babi Yaga label. The single was entitled 'name' and was released in June 1999. Subsequently, Stow College's Electric Honey label chose Biffy Clyro to release a record.
Progress: In June 2000, Biffy Clyro released their record Thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow and the tracks were given airplay on BBC Radio Scotland by the DJ Vic Galloway. Shortly before the release of the record, a Beggars Banquet representative saw the band's live set at the T in the Park festival. Biffy Clyro were signed to the label soon after.
After signing to Beggars Banquet, BIffy Clyro released '27' as a single in April 2001. In October of that year, they released a re-recorded version of 'Justboy', followed by a new version of '57' in February the following year. The first album proper from Biffy Clyro was released in March 2002 entitled Blackened Sky.
Biffy Clyro toured a great deal in support of the album, playing with the likes of Weezer.
The Vertigo of Bliss was the second album from Biffy Clyro and was recorded at Linford Manor in Milton Keynes. The album was released in 2003 and saw a growth in the band's popularity.
The third album from the Scottish trio was entitled Infinity Land and featured the singles 'Glitter and Trauma', 'My Recovery Injection' and 'There's no Such Thing as a Jaggy Snake'. When Biffy Clyro were invited onto Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show, they performed a cover of Franz Ferdinand's 'Take Me Out'. That same year (2005), Simon's side project Marmaduke Duke also released an album entitled The Magnificent Duke.
2006 saw Biffy Clyro part ways with Beggars Banquet and sign a deal with 14th Floor, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Their fourth album was recorded at Vancouver's The Warehouse Studio. The track 'Semi-Mental', from these sessions, was released as a digital download in December of that year.
In 2007, the band attained their highest chart position to date with the release of 'Saturday Superhouse', which reached number thirteen in the UK singles chart. The album resulting from their Canadian recording sessions was entitled Puzzle and was released in June 2007. The album reached number two in its first week of release; again, the highest chart position the band had achieved. Touring continued for the band, who embarked on live slots supporting Muse, The Who and Red Hot Chili Peppers and Queens of the Stone Age as well as The Rolling Stones.
The next album from Biffy Clyro, entitled Only Revolutions was released in November 2009 and Mike Vennart joined the band as an additional live guitarist.
"The people that have heard us seem to love us. And that's the important thing: there's still so many more out there who'll potentially feel the same way. But our only real ambition is to be our own favourite band and I think we're succeeding." - Simon Neil
Biffy Clyro rocker Simon Neil considered quitting music after having a ''breakdown'' last year.
The 'Mountains' singer was ordered onto bed rest by doctors and he admits he was ''terrified'' when he realised he had reached breaking point.
He said: ''Getting older, my own mortality popped into my mind a lot more. I ended up having a bit of a breakdown.
Continue reading: Simon Neil Had Breakdown
Simon Neil, Ben Johnston, James Johnston and Biffy Clyro - A variety if A-Listers from the music industry were photographed as they arrived at the MTV European Music Awards 2014 which was held at the The Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Sunday 9th November 2014
Mimi and her newest band The Mad Noise Factory feature on the movie's colourful soundtrack with 'Get Me Back'.
Mimi & The Mad Noise Factory are a Germany-based indie-pop band whose upbeat tune 'Get Me Back' from their new album has caught the attention of the soundtrack arrangers for forthcoming British comedy 'Love, Rosie' - and with good reason.
Mimi's new band The Mad Noise Factory unveiled their first collective album earlier this year
With a dynamic beat, quirky vocals and an infectiously catchy dance rhythm, 'Get Me Back' marks a perfect soundtrack song to a tale of long lost young love, lustful recklessness and romantic exuberance. Produced by English producer Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur), the track follows their previous single 'Heartbreaker', and features on their newest full-length offering 'Nothing But Everything', released in March 2014 through Warner Music Group Germany.
T in the Park will move to a new site next year, with Stirling and Loch Lomond tipped as potential new locations for the Scottish festival.
T in the Park will move to a new site next year.
The Scottish festival - which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year - will be held in Balado, Kinross, next month for the last time after organisers were forced to find a new location because of health and safety concerns at the disused airfield.
Health and Safety Executive's had advised Perth and Kinross Council they had ''substantial concer'' over the BP Forties oil pipeline, which lies directly underneath the site and carriescrude oil from the North Sea to the petrochemical complex at Grangemouth.
Continue reading: T In The Park To Move Sites
If there's something to take away from this year's Isle of Wight Festival, it's probably sunburn. Unlike the mud bath of two years ago, 2014 will be remembered for serving up one of the hottest weekends I can remember for a festival, along with some crowd-pleasing performances. While not every act managed to capture their moment in the sun, all the major names delivered in spades.
But it wasn't just the music that made the weekend for many; a real sense of celebration seemed to erupt across the site. Partly fuelled by anticipation over the World Cup and partly because of the good weather, thousands of smiling faces could be seen everywhere. Sunflowers seemed to be an essential festival accessory and many opted for as few clothes as possible with t-shirts looking like they'd gone out of fashion altogether. I've even had to make a note in my diary that it's international flip-flop day on June 20th, just one of the many things I learnt around Seaclose Park this year.
The highlight of Friday afternoon should have really been local boy Tom Odell on the main stage. But his piano led ballads took some time to win the crowd over despite his number 1 album 'Long Way Down'. By the time he'd finished though, the reaction showed that he'd justified his place on the main stage billing.
Continue reading: Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Review
The Isle of Wight Festival 2014 has kicked off, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers scheduled for Saturday night and red hot weather scheduled all weekend.
The Isle of Wight Festival 2014 is underway and it’s looking like it’s set to be a scorcher of a weekend! The Met Office has forecasted dry and sunny weather with temperatures reaching 22°C. British festival-goers will have their fingers crossed that this unusual weather carries on for the rest of festival season, although that may be seriously wishful thinking. With Glastonbury right around the corner we can only hope that the typical torrential rain of festival season doesn't start to set in.
The party has been kicking off at the Isle of Wight Festival, with festival-goers enjoying the hot British weather [Photo: Getty Images, Credit: Ben A. Pruchnie]
Scheduled to appear tonight at the Isle of Wight Festival are big name acts Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Rudimental, Tom Odell, Starsailer and Lawson, with Katy B appearing at the Big Top. The rest of the weekend is jam-packed acts including the eagerly awaited Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will take to the main stage on Saturday night. Saturday also belongs to Cher Lloyd, Dappy and The Pretty Reckless among other acts.
Continue reading: Isle Of Wight Festival Set To Be A Scorcher [Pictures]
Heading to the Isle of Wright Festival? Here's our handy guide to the weekend.
The annual Isle of Wight Festival kicks off tomorrow (June 12th), beginning a British summertime so filled with awesome music events you might even forget about that whole football thing that’s also happening. This year the festival boasts an impressive line up featuring acts such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings Of Leon and Fall Out Boy. So if you’re one of the lucky ones packing your bag to head off to Seaclose park, or if you’ll just be following the action from the comfort of your own home, here’s our handy guide to enjoying the Isle of Wight Festival 2014.
The festival season kicks off June 12th on the Isle of Wight, where Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform
Continue reading: Your Guide To The Isle Of Wight Festival 2014
With just hours until thousands of people flock to Portsmouth and Southampton for their annual ferry trip to the Isle of Wight Festival, it's time to look ahead to the first big event in the summer festival calendar.
Twelve years since the festival was resurrected, organiser John Giddings has steered Isle of Wight from strength to strength. With around 60,000 punters travelling to the Island, it's not just Seaclose Park that's transformed for the weekend, there's a real community spirit that's evident as buses wind their way towards the festival site. Past years have seen a surprise appearance from Kanye West for Jay-Z's headline set, rock royalty like Jagger, McCartney and Neil Young take to the main stage, and bands such as the Foo Fighters casually chatting to fans on the car ferry. This year looks like it will live up to the festival's reputation without a repeat of 2012's well-publicised mud bath. Although there's perhaps not many surprises on the line-up, there's still plenty to look forward to.
The top twelve to watch from June 12:
Boy George: If you're arriving early, the former Culture Club front man is headlining the Thursday night festivities. But far from a nostalgia act, George is touring his first album of original material in 18 years. He's embraced DJ culture and is likely to put on an impressive show whether he's behind the turntable or the microphone.
Continue reading: Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Preview
Biffy Clyro musician Simon Neil has revealed his band will be taking a break from the music industry following the release of their next album.
The vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the band has admitted that although they're hoping to put out a new album soon, they're also thinking of taking some time out from the music industry.
He told Xfm radio: ''It's probably wise for us to disappear for a wee while, as well. We've had so much love from people and they've been so kind but there's nothing worse than a band that just stays in your face for ages and ages so we'll probably disappear for a while and hopefully you guys will miss us.''
Continue reading: Biffy Clyro To Take A Break From Music
The Next To Me hitmaker will join the rock band in hosting workshops, industry masterclasses and live gigs for 7,000 youngsters at The Academy event, hosted by Bbc Radio 1 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Sande will encourage her class to write songs and lyrics, while the musicians of Biffy Clyro will share the secrets of their success.
Continue reading: Emeli Sande And Biffy Clyro To Mentor Budding Musicians
Biffy Clyro's record Opposites is in the running for the prestigious Scottish Album of the Year (Say) honour, along with offerings from other local acts including Collins, who is nominated for Understated, and Mogwai for Les Revenant.
Other nominees include The Bones Of What You Believe by Chvrches, Camera Obscura's Desire Lines and Frightened Rabbit's Pedestrian Verse.
Biffy Clyro will headline the opening night of @bergenmusicfest in Norway. Tickets on sale @ https://t.co/dtBrnjFBY1 https://t.co/ACYpJQJOFw
Hanging with Mastodon!!x https://t.co/6sfnVl0XAQ
You can now watch extended highlights of Biffy Clyro's set from Edinburgh's Hogmanay via https://t.co/ndScg2b3RP https://t.co/Izt6Ii7ALN
Rest in peace David Bowie.x
Rest in Peace Lemmy.x
You can now watch an exclusive video of 'Black Chandelier' live from @edhogmanay via @BBCScotland at https://t.co/I6EIxjVtDj #blogmanay
Biffy Clyro @ Edinburgh Hogmanay 2015 - Photos by @snappersass #blogmanay #monthebiff #Scotland https://t.co/RgVwyWriyL
Watch Biffy performing 'Biblical' at #edinburghhogmanay for @BBCScotland at https://t.co/wvm3NFjpFA (starts @ 39min) https://t.co/B1WHxuRrVP
Happy New Year everybody. Big love from the biff. See you all soon.x
The @BBCScotland coverage of #Hogmanay will be airing a live #BiffyClyro track tonight just after midnight. Watch @ https://t.co/XwY02XMBJB
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East & West... https://t.co/4E3GX1IMUx
Happy to announce Biffy Clyro will return to Austria to play @RockInVIE festival, Details at https://t.co/Jx36P88N5c https://t.co/On1IMzYZPq
Good practice makes permanent. https://t.co/8HPbCsEDRL
We're delighted to announce Biffy will play Sweden's @bravalla festival in 2016. Details @ https://t.co/zkjcK1TEAj https://t.co/syLntH18Y5
Biffy Clyro will return to Finland next summer to play @Provinssirock Festival. Tix onsale @ https://t.co/WIMXkto3Mw https://t.co/S3NhlvPYjH
Bid for a guitar signed by Biffy Clyro in #StarBootSale & support @IRCuk's vital work with refugees fleeing conflict https://t.co/j6byVWEYnb
Praying for Paris.xx