Catfish and the Bottlemen are a relatively new band but they’ve already come a very long way. In the last couple of years they’ve graduated from being the car park warm up at Kasabian gigs to signing with Communion Records, singles featuring as ‘hottest record in the world’ on Zane Lowe and this year a world tour much of which is sold out, including the Leeds Academy leg where I caught them.
Sadly I missed support the Little Comets as I was heading back from the Photography Show at the NEC but Australian front man Van McCann and the rest of the Bottlemen were on brilliant form. Busy pit, rammed audience, hugely entertaining and I was really pleased to get some decent shots as they’re usually backlit – always tricky..
Next up in our 5-star, highly recommended Leeds Academy line-up, Rival Sons, a rock band from Long Beach California who I’ve always loved. Now as you know I’ve had the odd issue with being missed of the list at the O2 lately – it’s become a kind of standing joke. This time though, no problems, in fact before I even got to the kiosk the chap was shouting – “you’re on the list!” and handing my pass over. I want to believe this is the start of a new era…I really hope so…anyhow, I digress, again, the venue was packed, as was the pit – once you were in there you were pretty much stuck.
If you do get an opportunity, go see Rival Sons, they have a few more UK dates coming up. You may struggle with Catfish and the Bottlemen but hey it’s a good excuse to go to one of those places on your bucket list – Nijmegen…in the Netherlands?? Failing that Hamburg or Washington still have tickets…