Catfish And The Bottlemen Win Battle Against Rain And Illness To Dazzle Glastonbury

It might be a cliched English pasttime to chatter about the weather, but at Glastonbury, the rain can make or break a band. Despite a downpour throughout their entire set, however, Catfish And The Bottlemen triumphed. Here’s how it played out.


The band took to the stage at 3pm despite singer Van McCann suffering from a stomach complaint that had forced them to cancel last night’s William’s Green surprise set.


Powering through despite the weather, the band did, however, suffer some technical difficulties because of the soggy conditions, requiring a couple of breaks to retune guitars.


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”.



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 had previously covered West’s ‘Black Skinhead’ for Radio 1’s Live Lounge, and McCann has spoken of his admiration for the rapper.


The set concluded with a feedback-fuelled performance of album closer ‘Tyrants’, during which McCann flung his guitar around.


Catfish & The Bottlemen played: ‘Kathleen’, ‘Pacifier’, ‘Fallout’, ‘26’, ‘Business’, ‘Homesick’, ‘Cocoon’, ‘Tyrants’. Glastonbury continues this evening with a headline set from Florence and the Machine.