Gig Review... Catfish and the Bottlemen @ Lodestar, 29th August 2014

Catfish and the Bottlemen’s triumphant summer is drawing to an end as they prepare to release debut album ‘The Balcony’ and go on their sold out UK run of shows, including a night at Koko London. The weekend after their set at Reading Festival (which for the record was an insane gig) they found themselves in the tiny town Lode (which frontman Van McCann later used in the set to say “Blow a lode”) to play MainStage at Lodestar festival, headlined by Public Service Broadcasting.

Catfish and the Bottlemen have always been a band that put all their effort into their gigs and Lodestar was no different. Opening the set with single ‘Rango’, the band drew a crowd that was strong with teenagers all there just to see them. Young girls at the front were holding a sign for the band whilst a dad held up his 6 or so year old son up in the air for the entirety of the set. “Hey little man, I know you!” McCann shouted at the young boy, recognising him from Latitude Festival and later gave him a setlist.

Powering through all their singles, Catfish and the Bottlemen were giving the crowd a reason to dance and have a good time. The hits such as ‘Kathleen’ and most recent single ‘Cocoon’ were getting a strong reaction. McCann, being the charmer he is, kept on thanking the crowd and telling them how grateful him and the band were and told them that this show was just as special as Reading and Leeds Festival.

Catfish closed with a new song that they have been playing at festivals over the summer, ‘Tyrant’, which will be released as a single very soon. The night didn’t end there for Catfish and the Bottlemen. As soon as the band were offstage they were in the crowd meeting fans and taking photos, showing how much they do appreciate the people that go to their shows.

We at It’s All Indie can’t wait for the album to come out and are counting down the days until their debut UK tour starts. If Ewan McGregor likes the band, you do too!

Written by - Nathan McLaren-Stewart
Photos by - Nathan McLaren-Stewart

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