Biffy Clyro: Reading and Leeds really close to our hearts

Biffy Clyro at Leeds 2016

"It means the world to us to be asked back," says guitarist James Johnston a few hours before they take to the stage at Leeds festival.

"To be asked before was such a huge moment in the bands' life."

Biffy Clyro headlined the festival for the first time in 2013, but this set marks their 10th appearance at Reading and Leeds.

"I think we have probably paid our dues, we've played all the small stage and worked our way up," he says.

Biffy Clyro headlined the festival for the first time in 2013
Image caption Biffy Clyro headlined the festival for the first time in 2013

So what is it about this festival that these three Scottish lads love so much?

"It feels like there is a lot of good will from the punters that come here," James suggests.

"We feel it is an opportunity to try and improve on what we did before, maybe we will pick up some new fans.

"It is one that has long been really close to our hearts."

Biffy Clyro returned to the stage on Friday night at Leeds festival.
Image caption Biffy Clyro returned to the stage on Friday night at Leeds festival

James says the history of the festival also makes it very special. They all grew up with it and dreamt about playing on the main stage.

"We used to write imaginary line-ups on our school jotter," James jokes.

"Of course we were right at the top, Nirvana were on there too.

"They headlined in 1992 and that was the iconic performance for us as young kids."

He says just because they have now achieved that dream twice, it doesn't make then any less excited.

"The dream hasn't died, it is still alive and well and if we ever get to come back again, we will still feel the same excitement."

Biffy Clyro returned to the stage on Friday night at Leeds festival.
Image caption Biffy Clyro performed topless as promised at Leeds festival on Friday night

The other thing that is staying, is the topless performances, no matter what the weather.

"Playing with our tops off has become our thing," James says.

"It feels wrong to play with clothes on now, it feels like we are hiding.

"KISS put on make-up and other bands put on other garb. There is something about taking our clothes off, that makes us feel ready for the show."

Biffy Clyro have also announced details of a UK arena tour ending at the 02 Arena in London in December.

"It is really exciting, it has been a couple of years since we have done headline shows in the UK," James explains.

"The festivals are always great to come out to and remind everyone you are still around but I think your own show just gives you more time."

Watch all the sets from Reading and Leeds festival.

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