This year saw Catfish and the Bottlemen score their first Number One album for ‘The Ride‘. Last night they played to a sold-out crowd of 12,500 people at SSE Arena Wembley, and proved they’re ready for full global domination on their upcoming international tour. Die-hard fans braved the crowds from the England-Spain game going on next door and still came out smiling. There were blow-up crocodiles, torches in the air, and a lot of hip-thrusting from frontman Van McCann. See exactly what happened when Catfish and the Bottlemen took over Wembley Arena here.
Catfish and the Bottlemen played to a sold-out crowd at Wembley’s 12,500 SSE Arena, one of their biggest gigs to date.
The band entered to a shouty new recording of ‘Helter Skelter’ by The Beatles before launching into ‘Homesick’ from debut album ‘The Balcony’.
Frontman Van McCann stepped away from the mic after the first verse as the audience sang the rest of the track back at him.
Blow up beach crocodiles floated around the audience in tribute to the album artwork from the band’s second record, ‘The Ride’. The lighting turned several shades of reptilian green through the course of the evening.
Catfish and the Bottlemen made their live debut of low-key love song ‘Heathrow’. The arena lit up as hundreds of audience members switched on their smart phone torches.
The crowd reverted back to moshing for the follow-up track, ‘Business’, where the band took a lengthy pause for a guitar solo before launching into the final chorus.
McCann showed off his showmanship skills, throwing himself around the stage, climbing on the speakers and pulling his microphone in close to sing the big, romantic rock choruses.
McCann switched out his electric guitar to play an acoustic and emotional rendition of ‘Hourglass’.
The audience were passionate, excitable and dedicated, despite multiple ticketing and queueing issues at the venue.
The band will now embark on an international tour to the USA, Australia, Japan and South America.