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Watch Biffy Clyro play acoustic versions of songs at intimate Hackney gig

Songs including 'Black Chandelier' were reimagined for the special show

By Charlotte Krol

Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro is seen performing live at Hackney Church
Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro performs live at Hackney Church. (Picture: Callum Baker/Radio X presents Biffy Clyro with Barclaycard)

Biffy Clyro performed a special acoustic show to a small audience at Hackney Church last night (March 10) – watch clips from the intimate gig below.

The show, hosted by Radio X in partnership with Barclaycard, saw Biffy Clyro guitarist/singer Simon Neil, bassist James Johnston and drummer Ben Johnston play stripped-down versions of their songs including ‘Black Chandelier’ from their 2013 ‘Opposites’ album.

It also allowed fans to hear tracks from the Scottish rockers’ latest album, ‘The Myth Of The Happily Ever After’ (2021), live for the first time.

Radio X presenter Chris Moyles and pop singer Becky Hill were among those in the crowd.

You can see footage from the night below. Highlights from ‘Radio X presents Biffy Clyro with Barclaycard’ will be available exclusively from this Sunday (March 13) at 7pm via Global Player.

Meanwhile, Biffy Clyro recently released a new documentary for Amazon Prime Video called ‘Cultural Sons Of Scotland’.

The project is described as an “intimate documentary film” that delves into the “back-to-basics” recording process the trio adopted to create their ninth and most recent studio album.

“With unprecedented access to the band, the new feature-length film takes viewers on the journey with Simon, Ben and James as they return to their home in Ayrshire to create their latest, critically acclaimed album in the most unusual of studio environments,” the official synopsis reads.

“The film explores how the experience of recording an album in Scotland for the first time prompted the band to reflect on the importance of where they’re from, how this has influenced their career to date and reinforced their lifelong bond as friends and bandmates.”

‘Biffy Clyro: Cultural Sons Of Scotland’ documents the group’s “ups and downs” as well as their sold-out outdoor show at Glasgow Green last September, which marked Biffy’s first Scottish performance in nearly two years.

Neil said: “In the same part of the world as I wrote my very first song is where we’re making this record, and there’s something really pure about that.”