REVIEW gig Catfish and the Bottlemen Live at The Electric Ballroom

Catfish and The Bottlemen Live At The Electric Ballrom

This week I had the pleasure of seeing the winners of the ‘ British Breakthrough Act’ Brit Award, Catfish and The Bottlemen live at a sold out Electric Ballroom, with support from Sheffield alt rockers The Crookes.

Since the release of ‘The Balcony’ the band have gone from strength to strength, and have their first headline slot at ‘Truck Festival’ this July.

From the moment that the bands intro started, the anticipation and the excitement of the crowd became contagious, right until they got blinded by bright lights and greeted with a ‘Helter Skelter’ by The Beatles.

The set list was a mix of their 2014 release ‘The Balcony’ and their highly anticipated new release ‘The Ride’. Their acoustic version of ‘Pacifier’ blew my mind. Not only are they all talented musicians in their own right, but their stage presence and the atmosphere created made the show one of my favourites in a long while.

The show was quite frankly phenomenal, their engagement with the crowd kept a venue full of 1,000+ people feeling intimate. You know a gig’s been special when you are already booking at tickets to see them again at the next possible opportunity. The entire centre of the crowd turned into a pit, something I didn’t necessarily expect from their fan base but was great fun regardless.

Lead vocalist Van McCann previously said, "I'm more excited for the second album than the first”. Catfish are set to release their new album, ‘The Ride’, this Friday and if it’s anything like ‘7’ and ‘Glasgow’ it’s going to be exceptional, with ‘7’ being a particular crowd and personal favourite.

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  • Loved this review! can't wait to see them at tramlines festival their songs create a great atmosphere especially when watching them live!