It was a late June balmy summer’s evening as we headed into Liverpool for Catfish & The Bottlemen’s return to Liverpool Echo Arena. The gig had sold out in minutes when it was announced back in April, but having been in Ibiza and out of the UK gig loop, we only realised they were playing less than 24 hours before. So began the search for tickets to get in and review. We tried Catfish’s PR and were told that there were some spare tickets in the office in London, but that proved impossible to get them to Liverpool on the day of the event. In the end, a certain Julian Watson sorted us some tickets, thanks for that mate!

We watched the gig from great seats (everyone was standing in the seated section) with a great side view of the stage to see Van McCann and the lads smash it. Van is such a great and charismatic front man, and reminds me of Liam Gallagher. He has the talent to be mentioned in the same sentence as Oasis’ front man too. I’ve followed the band’s career closely, as although the rest of the band members are from Wales, and the band’s name’s origins are from Sydney (there’s a busker called Catfish & The Bottleman there that Van seen when he and his parents were travelling around Australia in a camper van), Van McCann is actually from the same small town near Liverpool that I’m from, Widnes. Not many people make it big from Widnes, so fair play to the lad.

Catfish & The Bottlemen have been playing sold out shows across the world due to the popularity of their 2014 album, “The Balcony.” We seen them for the first time in 2015 at Ibiza Rocks were they headlined one of the best gigs that summer on the island. Tonight in Liverpool they belted out well known tracks from that album, check out our video of “Pacifier” below, and stuff from their newer album “The Ride.” All tracks went down massively with the crowd, and as we watched on from afar, the standing section was absolutely going off. A great gig at a top venue on Liverpool’s waterfront, we look forward to following Catfish’s next steps as they continue to rock gigs, stadiums and festivals all over the world.

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