PREVIEW: Catfish and the Bottlemen @ This is Tomorrow Festival

Posted on April 9th 2018 by Whats on Northeast

Catfish and The Bottlemen are among the most exhilarating guitar bands to emerge from the UK in the past 5 years. Their 2014 debut album The Balcony awarded them number 10 on the UK Albums Chart and achieved Platinum Status in 2016. Only two short years after their debut album, the band was presented with the renowned ‘British Breakthrough Act’ Brit award in February 2016, just before the immense drop of their second album The Ride in May of the same year.

Catfish and the Bottlemen take on Newcastle’s sparkling new This Is Tomorrow Festival with a huge open-air live show in May 2018.

Taking place next to Spillers on Newcastle’s Quayside, Brit Award Winners Catfish And The Bottlemen will play on Friday 25 May, 2018 together with North East indie stalwarts Little Comets, the Newcastle born singer-songwriter sensation and BBC Sound of 2018 artist, Sam Fender as well as innovative alt-pop band Everything Everything.

This Is Tomorrow was Born out of the cutting edge legacy of ‘Father of Pop Art’ Richard Hamilton and his vision of pushing the boundaries of what is expected, this brand new music festival is planting it’s roots in Newcastle with an ethos of experimentation, daring and down right defiance of the norm.

Catfish And The Bottlemen’s appearance will follow the clamour for tickets that led to sellout shows earlier this year at Finsbury Park, London and Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield on the back of their latest critically acclaimed album, The Ride.

Contributing a sense of unapologetic ambition to British guitar music and preparing fans for a raft of new material to follow their 2016 gold-selling album, venerated frontman and songwriter, Van McCann, along with Newcastle’s own Johnny Bond (lead guitar), Benji Blakeway (bass) and Bob Hall (drums).

Admitting to being happily of ‘no fixed abode’ due to near-constant touring and recording since 2014 when their now platinum-certified debut album The Balcony surfaced, Catfish And The Bottlemen’s eagerly anticipated UK live announcement comes following an uncharacteristic nine-month hiatus since their last shows. The last 18 months has seen the band claim their place as a bonafide arena band at home, adding dates at Wembley Arena to their impressive list of conquered stages, and also fully establish themselves as live favourites in South & North America, Japan and Australia.

Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities, Cllr Kim McGuinness, said: “It’s great news that a massive music festival is set to return to Spillers Quayside next year.

“Newcastle has a growing reputation for staging big events and they don’t get much bigger than Brit Award Winners Catfish And The Bottlemen.

The show is only for people of the age  16+ and will cost £32.50 plus booking fees.

Tickets can be bought here ->

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