Frontman Van McCann performed in spite of bout of food poisoning
Catfish and the Bottlemen played a rain-lashed 4pm set at Glastonbury’s Other Stage, during which the wet conditions presented considerable technical difficulties for the Llandudno-based band.
At one point in the set, frontman Van McCann told the crowd to “enjoy Kanye West”, who is headlining tomorrow night (Saturday June 27). At this point, there was a loud boo from numerous members of the crowd. Catfish & The Bottlemen previously covered West’s ‘Black Skinhead’ for Radio 1’s Live Lounge, and McCann has spoken of his admiration for the rapper.
West’s booking at the festival proved controversial, and an online petition calling for the artist to be replaced by a rock band attracted more than 133,000 signatures. Speaking to Q, West recently labelled the petition “an insult to music fans all over the world”.
Earlier in the set, McCann had revealed that he had suffered from food poisoning before their performance. The set, which he played in spite of his ill health, was beset by some technical difficulties due to the driving rain shower, which began shortly after they took to the stage and continued for the duration of the set.
Pools of water formed on stage and McCann made frequent references to the effect of the water on their instruments. He apologised profusely for a short lul while guitars required retuning.
In spite of it all, the band retained a huge crowd and performed much of debut album ‘The Balcony’. McCann repeatedly thanked the audience for their support, and asked security to pick up a demo CD that had been thrown near the stage. He told the person who’d thrown it: “I promise I’ll listen to it”.
The set concluded with a feedback-fuelled performance of album closer ‘Tyrants’, during which McCann flung his guitar around.
Earlier on the same stage, Everything Everything played a set that included tracks from the newly released third album ‘Get To Heaven’ including ‘Regret’ and ‘No Reptiles’. At one point, frontman Jonathan Higgs – wearing a multicoloured tunic – told the crowd: “We’re at Number Two in the album chart if you can believe it. That’s thanks to you guys.”
Before them, The Cribs played an energetic performance that begun with ‘Mirror Kissers’ and included an enthusiastically received ‘Be Safe’ and ‘Our Bovine Public’. “We only got three hours sleep last night so let’s pretend it’s not lunchtime,” bassist Gary Jarman told the crowd.
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