Catfish And The Bottlemen: ‘We want to be a stadium rock band’ – watch

Band discuss their ambitious live plans ahead of summer filled with festival appearances

Van McCann has said that he wants his band Catfish and the Bottlemen to be a stadium rock act, adding that all of their gigs are a warm-up to that point.

Speaking in a behind the scenes video taking a look at the band’s recent UK tour shot by Zig-Zag Rolling Papers, McCann discusses his ambitions for the band as well as the simplicity with which the group go about their live shows.


“We want to be a stadium rock band, so this is a sample of that,” McCann says ahead of a London gig. “This is a smaller version of what you could hear in those stadiums.”

He continues: “There’s no tricks or handshakes, we just literally nip on smash it and try blow everyone’s heads off.”

Catfish And The Bottlemen appear on the cover of this week’s NME, which is available digitally and on newsstands from tomorrow (May 23).

The band also have a series of festival dates lined up for the summer, including appearances at Radio 1’s One Big Weekend in Norwich, Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds. They also play two London gigs at O2 Academy Brixton in November.

Keep your eyes peeled. There’s going to be much more to come via Zig-Zag’s ‘Rolling with…’ this summer from both Catfish & The Bottlemen and the mighty La Roux, it’s not to be missed!

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