Catfish set sights on stadia concerts

Catfish and the bottlemen
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Four Welshmen are in the midst of a sell-out UK tour with small gigs across the Pond – but are eyeing stadium dates in future.

Catfish and the Bottlemen are a four-piece band from north Wales.

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

They released their debut album The Balcony last year and play Sheffield’s 02 Academy on Saturday.

And such is the buzz around the band they have sold out the 2,350-capacity venue.

Frontman Ryan ‘Van’ McCann says: “The tour has been absolutely class so far.

“I’m having the best month of my life. We’ve been getting on amazingly, the gigs have been really sweet too.

“From the off, the crowds are sold. They’re won over before we turn up. It’s really easy and natural. We walk on stage each night and the people are on our side. It’s like walking into your living room and it’s full of your best mates.”

However, Van says selling thousands of tickets is ‘all part of the plan’.

“We’ve planned this since we were boys,” he says. “We’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far, and humbled by some of the opportunities we’re getting, but this is what we always wanted, this is what we always dreamed of, and going on to play stadiums. At the moment, we’re just warming up. We’re walking around thinking ‘this is great, but it can be better’.”