A REVIEW OF…CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN IN DONCASTER

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CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN in Doncaster

CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN visited Doncaster Dome on the latest leg of their current sell out tour.

Doncaster Dome as a gig venue is literally a sports hall. However, do not take that away from Catfish and the Bottlemen. Acts such as Kasabian and Ed Sheeran have played here in recent-ish years and they are now selling out arenas worldwide – that could foreshadow a great career for this band.

Coming on stage around 915pm and opening with Homesick was an excellent start to a gig that consisted of classics and new material from upcoming album The Ride.

Throughout the tour they have promoted the new tracks, released on 27th May, in cities and towns that are not usually visited by big bands.

Front-man Van McCann thanked the sell out crowd numerous times, as he always does, saying: “The last time we played in Doncaster it was at The Leopard! This is class!”

First single from The Ride – Soundcheck – was played live for one of the first times since it was released in February. Soundcheck, 7, Anything and Red were the new tracks that were played.

Other than these from The Ride, Catfish and the Bottlemen played The Balcony in full. Although this is a ‘new era’ for the band, some things never change.

The fans were as chaotic as usual, the sweat and passion was there, Van McCann played an acoustic interlude with Hourglass and they finished with Tyrants.

They left the stage after an hour-ish, McCann shouting: “We are Catfish and the Bottlemen – SINABIT!”

It will be interesting to hear more from Catfish and the Bottlemen when The Ride is officially released.

Until then, keep checking out live performance recordings and head down to a show.

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