DOWNLOAD 2017: Fame and fortune don't matter to Biffy Clyro


Biffy Clyro main man Simon Neil says his band aren’t in it for money or fame and the only way the Scottish rockers can hold their heads up high is because they have committed their lives to the only thing that matters to them – the music.

Referencing Kurt Cobain and Nirvana for having the same kind of determined mentality, Neil is adamant the journey will always be more important than the destination.

“When we were growing up and starting out, it was important that you meant what you were saying,” Neil tells Alternative Nation.

“That you believed in it. That is still the mentality and the way we live our lives as a band. We’re not doing this to make money or get followers on social media. We’re doing this because we’ve committed our lives to this music. That’s what I felt from Fugazi and Nirvana.

“It wasn’t a career choice, it was a lifestyle choice. It was about sacrificing for something you care about and that’s something you’re never going to lose. You have to keep sacrificing stuff to make the music matter. It can’t grow into ‘this is what I do’ or ‘this is just a job’.

“That’s unacceptable to me and that’s what I take from guys like Ian Mackaye and Kurt Cobain. It’s not where you go, it’s about the journey. It’s why we are still going strong and why we’re looking forward to playing more shows.”

Biffy Clyro will headline the world famous Download Festival at Donington Park this summer where they will follow in the cowboy boot prints of another headliner from the past which Neil reveals were his musical heroes growing up.

“I loved Guns N’ Roses when I was growing up but I realized I couldn’t play guitar like Slash and I can’t walk down the street with white hot pants on and a bandanna,” he laughs.

“Then Nirvana came along and they looked like friends and played 4 chords and I thought ‘that’s what we can do’. There you go, that’s our reality.”


Download Festival takes place on 9 - 11 June 2017 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire

Alongside Biffy Clyro as headliners are System of a Down and Aerosmith.