Biffy Clyro will play a special Q Awards show in London in October. The Scottish rockers have been laying low this year, only breaking cover for sporadic festival appearances. But they will take a break from the studio for a one-off gig at the Roundhouse, Camden, on Tuesday, 15 October, the day before the Q Awards. Pre-sale to Q subscribers, Roundhouse members and Biffy Clyro mailing list recipients starts at 9am on Wednesday, 31 July. General sale begins at 9am on 2 August. Make sure to follow us on socials and check the website for ticket links.
“We’re delighted to be playing one of Q’s legendary Awards shows,” says frontman Simon Neil. The three-piece’s memories of the Camden venue are long and varied. They played many of their early shows just up the road at a spot previously known as the Barfly and used to look upon the Roundhouse, dreaming of the day they might get to perform there. Nowadays, it represents an intimate gig for a group who regularly play the country’s biggest venues. The last time they performed at the venue was for a very different kind of show in 2017. “To return to the iconic Roundhouse, where we recorded MTV Unplugged, just makes it even more special for us,” says Neil. “It’s gonna be a lot messier this time, though. Hail Satan!”
The trio have been hard at work on the band’s eighth album. “It’s like trying to get a train going, it’s pretty slow going,” laughs bassist James Johnston. “But we’ve done it before so we know what we’re doing. We’re just trying to not plough the same well-trodden path. We’re working with [producer] Rich Costey and he’s a bit of a disrupter.”
Johnston is hoping their Q Awards show will be an opportunity to showcase some new material, as well as air tracks from May’s Balance, Not Symmetry soundtrack album. “It’s always a good chance to keep you on your toes when you’re playing new songs,” he says. “It refreshes the whole set. Whether there will be something from the new album is difficult to say. But fingers crossed we’ve got our shit together and we can get something out of that.”
Whatever they play in October, Johnston says they’ll be raring to go. It’s hard for such a prolific live band to down tools and become studio heads. “It feels like you’re retired! You really get itchy to get back out there and prove to yourself you can still do it. You always want to feel like you’ve got something to prove. That’s how we feel every time we step onstage.” The stage is set: roll on October.
The live performance for the night of the Q Awards will be announced on 9 September.