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Live Review: Catfish and the Bottlemen

July 22, 2016

FestivalsMusicReview | by Sophia Miles

Friday night at Truck Festival was reserved for one thing – Catfish and The Bottlemen smashing it on the main stage, and did they deliver! This year’s Truck Festival at Hill Farm in Oxfordshire had an array of great acts including the likes of Kodaline, Circa Waves and even The Manic Street Preachers, but the buzz around the campsite was undoubtedly for relative newbies and Friday night headliners, Catfish and The Bottlemen. Playing at 10pm on the first night of the festival is one hell of a slot, but they took it in their stride and played an amazing set.

Preluded by none other than hip hop legends Jurassic 5, the crowd was full of energy in anticipation for the Llandudno foursome. They kicked off the night with pounding anthem Homesick greeted by a packed out main stage that sang along word for word. During their appearance the band played tracks from both their debut album LP The Balcony and their most recent number one album The Ride, giving fans, both old and new, a chance to sing along to their favourite Catfish tunes. Other songs of the evening included Soundcheck, 7, Pacifier, Cocoon and Twice. Playing hit after hit, there wasn’t a single lull in the energy that radiated from both performers and crowd; 50m wide mosh pits formed and drinks were spilled as the passion for this great band took over every single festival goer.

Closing the hour show and the first night of the festival was the single Tyrants, a beltout success from the first album, which exposed how talented these guys are. For the people who were there that evening, this won’t be a performance that they’ll forget any time soon. Catfish and The Bottlemen have easily proved that although they have only two full length records under their belt, they still deserve to take the headline space.


Words by Lauren E. Hewitt