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.




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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.



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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.



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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”.


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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.


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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.


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


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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.

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