Although new on the Scottish festival scene and much smaller in physical scale than its predecessor T in the Park, TRNSMT certainly packed a punch with its heavyweight line-up. For the second time this year Quantum joined Biffy Clyro for a spectacular festival headline set on the Sunday night.
After 15 years of working their way up from the T Break Stage all the way to a triumphant headline slot in 2014, Biffy Clyro hold the record for the most performances at T in the Park and TRNSMT looks set to continue in its welcome for the home-grown rock-stars.
Closing the festival on the Sunday night, and back on home turf after a long hiatus, the occasion called for a show of true Biffy proportion. Quantum supplied a full programme from Confetti and Streamers to multiple Flame hits, and a finale Pyrotechnic display.
"An emphatic display of fireworks, streamers, and three half naked Scotsmen" - The Independent
Kicking straight off with ‘Wolves of Winter,’ Scottish themed blue and white streamers were released just 20 seconds into the performance. Whilst most acts reserve their SFX for the end of their sets, Biffy start as they mean to go on, getting the crowd ready to rock from the word go.
Following on into the middle of their set, 8 G-Flames stationed stage left and stage right fired in synchronised patterns emphasising the choruses of three tracks: ‘Who’s Got A Match?,’ ‘That Golden Rule,’ and ‘9/15ths.’
With the sun now set, penultimate track ‘Many of Horrors’ received the second round of streamers. The release provided a dramatically different effect from the first, as the flurry of all white streamers set against the dark sky were highlighted by the glow of the stage.
Finishing in true festival fashion, an aerial pyrotechnic display lit up the sky above the stage for the last 90 seconds of ‘Stingin’ Belle.’ A full variation of mines, comets and crossettes were programmed in coordination with the finale performance, launching from three positions behind the stage along with three hidden positions on the delay towers.
The performance and effects have received praise from the media and audience alike. The Independent commented that “Biffy Clyro stole the show as the curtains came down in an emphatic display of fireworks, streamers, and three half naked Scotsmen, on what was an eventful and eclectic inaugural TRNSMT festival.” Whilst NME wrote “Biffy really are that band who “have achieved so much more than you possibly thought we could,” going from unfancied Ayrshire weirdos to the most successful Scottish rock band of all time – and they’ve got the confetti cannons, pyrotechnics and firework displays to prove it.”
Watch some of the action below:
"The most successful Scottish rock band of all time - and they've got the confetti cannon, pyrotechnics and firework displays to prove it." - NME
Quantum has supplied Biffy Clyro since 2012 and its always been a pleasure to be a part of their production. The band and their team go above and beyond in what they deliver to their audience, and that’s exactly what we love to do too. Thanks for having us along!