• Amy Middleton

Biffy Clyro frontman to host BBC Scotland special

Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil is to host six specialist shows on BBC Radio Scotland, starting this month.

The Simon Neil Experience will see Neil explore his love of music and share tracks from artists that have inspired him as a musician and music fan. Each show will focus on a particular genre including rock, pop, experimental, heartbreak, soundtracks, and metal.

The new six-part radio series, which will have special guests, kicks off Wednesday 9th June at 10pm BST, and will broadcast at the same time weekly. Listeners will also be available to stream/download the show on BBC Sounds.

Simon Neil said: “It’s a pleasure to be doing ‘The Simon Neil Experience’ with BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Sounds and I’m proud to present 6 shows that each explore a different style of music that I love. Radio has been a big part of my life as a musician and music fan, and whilst we were not able to travel and share our music with the world, I wanted to share the songs, and artists, that have helped me through the last year, and more, alongside some very special guests that I am incredibly excited about.

Gareth Hydes, who commissioned the series, added: “It’s fantastic to welcome Simon to Radio Scotland’s presenter stable with this new series. We are excited to be working with him and looking forward to hearing the music that has inspired him through the decades and the stories behind them. It promises to be a must-listen for all Biffy Clyro fans but also for anyone interested in getting more insight in to what influences the front man of one of Scotland’s most successful musical exports.

Meanwhile, the band recently finished work on their new album. Biffy Clyro revealed that their follow-up to 2020's ‘A Celebration Of Endings’ was intended to be a sister record, but it has transformed into its own beast and has a new name, which they aren't allowed to reveal just yet.

Simon said: “The title has changed and we’ve got to keep it top secret at the moment, but we finished it literally last week. We weren’t intending on doing it, but we’ve ended up making an amazing album. Originally it was going to be completely hand-in-hand. They do relate, but because we didn’t tour I ended up writing about seven or eight new songs for the album. Originally it was intended to be a few off-cuts from ‘A Celebration Of Endings’, but now it’s got wonderful new art and it’s kind of its own beast."

Fans can expect a reflective record about going through the global pandemic together, but "not being able to comprehend what someone else is going through."

The LP was originally set to be called ‘A Commemoration Of Commiserations’.

Biffy Clyro are set to play a headline show on Glasgow Green this September (Thursday 9th), with support from BRIT Award nominee Yungblud, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, and Porridge Radio. Tickets still available here.