Catfish and The Bottlemen broke into the forefront of the UK’s music scene thanks to their debut indie rock album ‘The Balcony’ in 2014. Singles such as ‘Cocoon,’ ‘Kathleen,’ and ‘Fallout,’ enjoyed chart success. The band’s music has been also championed by national radio stations and music news outlets alike ever since.
Catfish never strayed far away from the live circuit- the band are regularly seen selling out venues and leaving festival tents overflowing. Fortunately this didn’t stop them from releasing their follow up album ‘The Ride,’ in May 2016. It not only topped the UK album chart but also spawned even more hits including ‘7,’ and ‘Soundcheck.’
It’s easy to understand the appeal of Catfish’s music. Frontman and songwriter Van McCann has a knack for accurately capturing the experiences of British young people. He touches on subjects ranging from the complexities of relationships (see: ‘Anything,’ and ‘Hourglass,’) to engaging in a bit of hedonism on tracks like ‘Twice.’ All of this is done with an undeniable sense of swagger on his part.
Catfish and The Bottlemen’s Newcastle shows are often a major event for local fans thanks to a certain special connection to the city. This is because the band’s guitarist Johnny Bond, is actually one of Newcastle’s own.
Speaking of local talent, two of the support acts on the day also happen to come from our region…
Little Comets have come a long way since playing guerilla gigs on the metro (although let’s not downplay how that’s quite an achievement in itself!) The band have been compared to Vampire Weekend for their intellectual brand of unorthodox indie.