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Catfish and the Bottlemen / April 2016 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 24th February 2016 at 9:00 am

Indie rock phenoms Catfish and the Bottlemen have announced a run of tour dates in April, following the release of their new single ‘Soundcheck’ (streaming just below the tour date listing).  The Brit Awards 2016 have nominated Van McCann and his bandmates for British Breakthrough Act this year, and the band have already announced upcoming festival appearances at Sheffield’s Tramlines and Lollapolooza Berlin.

Tickets for the following UK headline shows will be available starting Friday the 26th of February at 10 AM. All of TGTF’s previous coverage of Catfish and the Bottlemen can be found right back this way.

Monday 4th April 2016 – Glasgow Academy
Friday 8th April 2016 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Saturday 9th April 2016 – Doncaster Dome
Monday 11th April 2016 – London Forum Kentish Town
Tuesday 12th April 2016 – Brighton Dome



Catfish and the Bottlemen / October and November 2015 UK Tour

By on Thursday, 28th May 2015 at 8:30 am

Arguably the hottest indie rock act of 2015, Catfish and the Bottlemen have announced that they will follow their sold out spring tour with more live dates in the UK this autumn.  The band’s previously announced November shows at London’s Brixton Academy are already sold out, but the new dates include a back-to-back booking at the Manchester Apollo.  Catfish and the Bottlemen will also appear at a slew of upcoming summer festivals, including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, T In the Park, Latitude and Festival No. 6.

The next single from Catfish and the Bottlemen’s debut album ‘The Balcony’ released last year will be the acoustic ballad ‘Hourglass’.  The video for ‘Hourglass’, which features actor Ewan McGregor, can be viewed below the tour date listing.  Tickets for the following shows go on general sale tomorrow, Friday the 29th of May, at 10 AM.

Our extensive previous coverage of Catfish and the Bottlemen can be found right back here.

Wednesday 28th October 2015 – Exeter Great Hall
Thursday 29th October 2015 – Cardiff University Great Hall
Saturday 31st October 2015 – Aberdeen Music Hall
Sunday 1st November 2015 – Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Tuesday 3rd November 2015 – Manchester Apollo
Wednesday 4th November 2015 – Manchester Apollo
Friday 6th November 2015 – London Brixton Academy (sold out)
Saturday 7th November 2015 – London Brixton Academy (sold out)
Sunday 8th November 2015 – Birmingham Academy
Tuesday 10th November 2015 – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday 11th November 2015 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thursday 12th November 2015 – Southampton Guildhall



Video of the Moment #1788: Catfish and the Bottlemen

By on Friday, 17th April 2015 at 6:00 pm

Off the back of their incredible time at SXSW 2015 last month including the Music Wales night Tuesday in Austin and the sold-out UK tour that followed, Catfish and the Bottlemen have something new for their fans today. The promo for ‘Homesick’, off their 2014 debut album ‘The Balcony’, gives the devoted a sneak peek behind the scenes of what touring life is like for the Welsh band. Watch it below.

The band have back to back shows scheduled in London in November at Brixton Academy, but as you might have already predicted, they have long since sold out. Check out past Catfish coverage on TGTF, including Martin’s interview with Van McCann at Kendal Calling 2014, here.



SXSW 2015: Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales showcase at Latitude 30 (Part 2) – 17th March 2015

By on Thursday, 26th March 2015 at 4:00 pm

Part 1 of my review of the Tuesday night Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales at SXSW 2015, starring Paper Aeroplanes, The People the Poet and East India Youth is here.

Kate Tempest at SXSW 2015, Music Wales

Next up, another 2014 Mercury Prize-nominated artist, but in an entirely different vein. Kate Tempest and her observations on life at its grittiest can stand alone as gripping social commentary in spoken word form, but with Speedy Wunderground label head and producer Dan Carey providing beats to add additional oomph to Tempest’s art, the result is nothing short of brilliant in songs such as the infectious ‘Lonely Daze’ and Steve Lamacq favourite and downbeat mesmeriser ‘Bad Place for a Good Time’. As should be expected, the opinionated Tempest punctuated her set with equally powerful spoken word pieces, reminding all of us to “hold our own” (stay the course and keep your chin up) and to be good to one another with “more empathy, less greed!”

Kate Tempest at SXSW 2015, Music Wales

An aside: Saturday night outside Latitude during the NME/PRS showcase, I found myself stood in the wristband queue with Tempest, Carey and crew and I asked Tempest how she’d been enjoying Austin. She said she’d had a good time but thought it’d been going on for weeks! As she shared a fag with Carey, I commented even with something as simple as sharing fags, the English were more polite with such things. She laughed at this, her blonde curls bouncing at my suggestion; she went on to smile at Carey and excessively called him “love” and “darling” for my benefit. In that moment, I was reminded that despite Tempest’s soaring success, she is like all of us. It gives me hope that the words and love she spreads will serve as inspiration to many.

Shura at SXSW 2015, Music Wales

From one woman, we go to another woman, Manchester’s Shura. If you’re into ‘80s music and New Wave, you can help but think you’ve heard this one before. ‘Indecision’, with its refrain of “you’ve got my love, boy” feels like a throwback to early, lace gloved Madonna, you know, before she thought lesbian kisses and naughty books were de rigueur. You know times have changed when a girl from Manchester comes to SXSW wearing a shirt emblazoned with the Hulk and plays this kind of music, am I right? She also pulled out a cover of Fine Young Cannibals’ ‘She Drives Me Crazy’: not earth-shattering, but interesting enough.

In what would be surely one of the rowdiest, most crowded club shows of SXSW 2015, Catfish and the Bottlemen played under a continuous red light (no Police ‘Roxanne’ jokes, please) to a packed house of fans and industry bods. This makes total sense, given that their UK and North American tours in the first half of 2015 are already sold out, making them a super hot commodity in the business at the moment. Rabid Catfish fans who were likely going to stalk the band all week arrived early to stake their places down the front, while those who arrived not so early grumbled behind them that they were being “rude.” Um, as in all gig situations, you wanna be up front, you get there early, ya dig?

Catfish and the Bottlemen at SXSW 2015, Music Wales

All the hits from their debut album ‘The Balcony’ – ‘Pacifier’, ‘Fallout’, ‘Kathleen’, ‘Cocoon’ – were fired out in rapid succession, with the crowd bouncing to the band’s catchy melodies and frontman Van McCann’s charismatic drawl and yelps. McCann, most likely aware that everyone in Austin was watching them, climbed atop the drum kit at the end, hanging the neck of his guitar precariously off a cable in the ceiling before they left the stage. Truly rock ‘n’ roll, innit?

Last up but certainly not least were Until the Ribbon Breaks, Welsh singer, musician and producer Pete Lawrie-Winfield and his live band. When I saw the now LA-based artist perform and chatted with him last year, I don’t think too many people knew of him or his music. What a difference a year makes: in January, he released debut album ‘A Lesson Unlearnt’, and he’s managed to cement his own fanbase while touring as support for the likes of London Grammar and Run the Jewels (who appear on ‘Revolution Indifference’.

Until the Ribbon Breaks at SXSW 2015, Music Wales

Hearing women behind me howl with delight over his sexy delivery of ‘A Taste of Silver’ and beat-heavy yet passionate ‘Pressure’ was incredible validation of what I already knew in 2014. I think sometimes people forget how important production is and what a talent triple threat artists (those who can sing, play instruments and produce) really are.


(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) MP3 of the Day #874: The People the Poet

By on Tuesday, 17th March 2015 at 10:00 am

South Wales band The People The Poet will be making their Austin live debut tonight as the opening band at Music Wales’ showcase at 8 PM at Latitude 30, the British Music Embassy’s home at SXSW 2015. To celebrate the momentous occasion, why not treat yourself to a free download to the band’s acoustic cover of fellow Welshmen and current indie rock darlings of the moment Catfish and the Bottlemen‘s ‘Hourglass’? Listen to the track and grab it for your very own below. (Incidentally, Catfish and the Bottlemen are also on tonight at 12 AM at the same venue, and it’s so nice when everything comes round full circle, isn’t it?)

My SXSW preview / Bands to Watch on the band is right this way, with their frontman Leon answering the SXSW 2015 flavoured Quickfire Questions here.


Live Gig Video: Catfish and the Bottlemen make their American tv debut, performing ‘Kathleen’ on David Letterman

By on Friday, 9th January 2015 at 4:00 pm

Having already made plenty of waves back home in the UK, Welsh band Catfish and the Bottlemen marked a major milestone last night. They made their American late night tv debut appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in New York City, playing their hit single ‘Kathleen’ from 2014 album fan favourite ‘The Balcony’. Watch the performance below.

Read all of TGTF’s past coverage on the band, including Martin’s interview with frontman Van McCann at Kendal Calling 2014, here.



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