As Summer Sessions returned to Bellahouston Park for 2016, Saturday saw Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy provide an evening of rock ‘n’ roll mayhem.
Screens at the back and front of the stage began playing the intro for the American acts show before stage dancers appeared, flipping around the video stream as the band took to the stage and “The Phoenix” started to play. Throughout the first track, Fall Out Boy literally lit up the venue with numerous fire dancers and cannons which continued into second track,“Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” which was followed by “Irresistible”. Keeping the momentum going included, “Novocane”, “Alone Together” and “Fourth Of July”. “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” went down a storm, while tracks from latest LP, “American Beauty/American Psycho” got an airing, including, “Centuries” and “Uma Thurman”.
Both band and punters really merged into one when signature tracks Fall Out Boy are known (and loved) for; “Dance, Dance”, “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” and “I Don’t Care” were played with the crowd lending their vocal efforts. To finish off the set and make room for the headliners, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” was aired and the group gathered to take a picture with the massive crowd before the set concluded with, “Saturday”.
The crowd erupted at the arrival of Biffy Clyro a short interval later. Leading single from new record, “Ellipsis”, “Wolves of Winter” kicked off the show with its football- anthem like chorus and was closely followed with “Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies” which saw frontman, Simon Neil squeeze in a few lines of the national anthem, “Flower Of Scotland”.
Next to be heard were “Sounds Like Balloons”, “Biblical” and “57” with Neil deciding to join twins Ben and James Johnstone on drums and bass by taking his top off like the brothers had done from the offset. “Friends And Enemies”, “In The Name Of The Wee Man” and the hugely successful track, “Bubbles” were heard with hundreds of actual bubbles flying around the stage and front of the crowd for the latter. Despite already having two massive headline shows to play the same weekend, Biffy showed no signs of depleted energy with Neil and Co giving everything they had to play, “Howl”, “Black Chandelier” and “Rearrange”. Having a slight breather, an acoustic solo of “Machines” was heard next with no time being wasted for the band to launch back into full speed with “Different People” followed by “Mountains”, a track which had the entire 35,000 people strong audience gracefully singing the lyrics across Glasgow.
“Animal Style” was next up and couldn’t have been played any better, managing to kick the mayhem of the sold out show up a notch with any inhibitions of fans being thrown away as they allowed themselves to get lost in the music. Talking about everyone singing back, the next track, “Many of Horror” overwhelmed the stage with Neil looking rather emotional and saying, “That’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard in my life”. “The Captain” was then played, before another ‘thank you’ was given out and Biffy disappeared from view.
Of course, the band couldn’t leave this show without laying an encore on us. “Glitter and Trauma” kicked things off, before Neil took things a little slower again with another acoustic solo, this time of “God And Satan”. The part of the weekend that nobody wanted had now crept up and arrived, giving Biffy one last chance to show Summer Sessions what they are made of; “Stingin’ Belle” closed the set with a bang, literally, as the band bowed out and fireworks decorated the Glasgow night sky.