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REVIEW: Radio X Presents Catfish and the Bottlemen

Posted by: Genevieve Braund
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Here’s what we made of last night’s intimate O2 Academy show

In the latest edition of Radio X’s ‘Radio X Presents’ series, indie favourite Catfish and the Bottlemen took to the stage at the o2 Academy last night.

 

Cut-off denim shorts and Adidas Gazelles at the ready, my friend and I prepared ourselves for something very different to our usual quiet Monday nights in.

 

Since first bursting onto the scene from Llandudno four years ago, the band’s gigs have grown steadily larger thanks to chart success from the likes of 2016 album The Ride, so the intimate affair at the o2 last night was somewhat of a rarity for the Welsh group.

 

Opening with Longshot, the lead single off their third and most recent album, fans were immediately thrusted onto the shoulders of their fellow revellers, hands and half-spilled pints raised to the roof.

 

The energetic opener set the tone for the remainder of the show, which kept the crowd belting the words back to the Bottlemen song after song.

And it was the crowd that really made the night. Providing an electric atmosphere with their enthusiastic air punching and singing, they managed to fill a gap which had been otherwise neglected by the band. With very little commentary throughout, McCann’s voice was seemingly reserved for lyrical purposes.

 

Closing with the thunderous ‘Tyrants’ however, the show ended on a high as fans clambered onto shoulders one last time – all be it a little less elegantly than the pre-pint piggy backs – to relish the final moments of guitar fuelled bliss, before pouring out of the o2 doors to the bars of West Street and beyond.

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