By Naomi Doddridge
Last night saw Catfish and the Bottlemen perform at the Bournemouth International Centre.
The band was formed in Wales and have been together since 2007 have already toured Europe, North America and Australia. Since signing to Communication Records in 2013 the band have had two albums, both going gold. Alongside this they also won Best British Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards this year.
Even before any act came out, the BIC was packed with eagerly waiting fans. The show which was sold out had very little if any empty seats. The arena was filled and the crowd and band were equally as loud as one another.
The artists who were supported by July Talk a Canadian alternative rock five piece. Considering they were relatively unknown to many in the UK they managed to get the crowd pumped ready for the main event. July Talks set lasted just under half an hour before there was a break for those who wanted to meet the support act. Just before they arrived on stage The Beatles Helter Skelter was blasted throughout the arena.
Around 9pm saw the light dimmer as Catfish and the Bottlemen walked on stage. The band opened up with an energetic performance with the first song off their debut album, Homesick. The arena was greeted with a variety of songs from the first and second album. The set list was very cleverly laid out with the more popular songs played in between the less well known ones. However, it was clear that the audience knew every single one with them by singing back loudly and with every correct lyric. As the night was drawing to a close the audience saw a stripped back performance from Van McCann. The others went off stage as he started to play Hourglass with just his guitar, a performance which was incredibly calming in a set full of big rock tunes. This acted as a break before the rest of the band returned for what would have been their encore.
Catfish finally ended with their last song off their first album; Tyrants in a set that lasted almost an hour and half. A standing ovation throughout the arena was seen when the band went off stage for their final time with the crowd singing ‘we want more.’ An incredible performance from a band who just seem to be getting bigger and bigger.
It is no doubt that the next year will see even more success for them and I can’t wait to see what they do next. If you get the chance, do check them out as I will most certainly be back. Could one more album mean a headline spot at Reading festival in the next few years?