REVIEW: Catfish and the Bottlemen put on a show to remember in Sheffield

Catfish and the Bottlemen's frontman Van McCann on stage at the 02 Academy, Sheffield. Picture: Hannah Woollaston.
Catfish and the Bottlemen's frontman Van McCann on stage at the 02 Academy, Sheffield. Picture: Hannah Woollaston.
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Anticipation was high as a healthy mix of music fans piled in to Sheffield’s 02 Academy to catch Catfish and the Bottlemen in action.

First on stage were Little Comets, whose good old-fashioned indie pop went down well with the sell-out 2,000 crowd.

However, the noise steps up and the crowd starts to scream when the Pirates of the Caribbean theme tune begins to play, marking the arrival on stage of the North Wales rockers.

The band took to the stage and immediately kicked the show into high gear.

Out of the gate, their guitar riffs were heavy and head banging, as they dove into Rango — a high-energy single with an extremely catchy hook,

And from the first lyrics frontman Van McCann uttered to every beat of the drums, the band sounded crisp.

After this the band continued with songs off their debut album The Balcony, including singles Pacifier and Kathleen.

Next up was another single in Homesick.

It’s one of the poppier tracks on the album, but equally as fulfilling, and the crowd sang along louder and louder as the song drew to an end.

Next was Hourglass, which morphed into a tender, acoustic moment for McCann standing solo.

Catfish and the Bottlemen's Bob Hall on stage at the 02 Academy, Sheffield. Picture: Hannah Woollaston.

Catfish and the Bottlemen's Bob Hall on stage at the 02 Academy, Sheffield. Picture: Hannah Woollaston.

However, the group immediately returned to the stage and seamlessly continued with hard guitar riffs and catchy, energetic rock’n’roll party vibes, playing more songs off the album such as 26.

Although nearing the end of their UK tour in support of The Balcony, the quartet, with their energy, effort, talent and all-around showmanship, played as if they were a band at their very first gig or headlining a sold-out arena – they played their hearts out.

Album closer Tyrants also closed the set – in some style.

Stumbling about the stage, McCann played guitar from his chest, back, neck and above his head; while the strobe lights tried to keep up with the unleashed and growing drums of Bob Hall.

Catfish and the Bottlemen's Benji Blakeway on stage at the 02 Academy, Sheffield. Picture: Hannah Woollaston.

Catfish and the Bottlemen's Benji Blakeway on stage at the 02 Academy, Sheffield. Picture: Hannah Woollaston.

A fitting end to a great set as the crowd were reminded just why Catfish and the Bottlemen had sold out this UK tour.

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