Catfish & The Bottlemen Headlining Radio 1’s Big Weekend BBC Introducing Stage

May 8, 2014

ImageProxy.mvcHeadlining Radio 1’s Big Weekend BBC Introducing Stage – May 24 2014

Sold Out London Dingwalls – May 20 2014
New single ‘Kathleen’ – out now

Like The Walkmen’s ‘The Rat’ realised as a full band – NME
Killer guitar skills and major charisma – Nylon
Anything but anonymity beckons – Q Magazine
Armed with a repertoire of hectic, but undeniably catchy tunes, the band channel indie rock’s brightest moments of the last 20 years – Esquire Magazine
Catfish and The Bottlemen look back to early 2000s indie and embrace it- jolting it into a tight, passionate sound that is fast winning them fans – The Independent

Watch ‘Kathleen’ in session for Transmitter TV

Catfish And The Bottlemen have just been announced to headline the BBC Introducing Stage at this year’s Radio 1 Big Weekend on May 24 2014. The billing sees the Communion/Island Records signed 4 piece playing alongside the likes of Lorde, London Grammar, CHVRCHES and Clean Bandit at the three day event in Glasgow, and follows the Radio 1 B-listed release of their latest single ‘Kathleen’, which also found playlist slots at XFM and 6Music, and charted Top 5 in Spotify’s Most Viral Tracks. The headline slot sits amidst Catfish’s 17 date headline UK tour- including a sold-out London Dingwalls date on May 20- and precedes a characteristically hectic summer for the band, which will take in a raft of further festival appearances including Latitude (Lake Stage, curated by Huw Stephens), Reading & Leeds Festival and Kendal Calling.

‘Kathleen’ was recorded with Jim Abbiss (the man previously behind Arctic Monkeys’ debut Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not), and is the fourth single release in under 12 months from the fast-rising garage 4 piece who’ve gathered little moss during their debut year. Catfish broke out in summer of 2013 with a string of Radio 1 championed singles, which laterally drew press praise from the likes of NME, Q Magazine, Time Out, The Independent and nigh on everyone in between.

A frenetic tour schedule (over 100+ gigs in the last 12 months) has since seen the 4 English kids from North Wales play Radio 1’s Future Festival (alongside Royal Blood & Circa Waves) and perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival (alongside the likes of Denai Moore, Thumpers and JAWS), amidst a relentless UK tour itinerary which has also taken in sold-out headline London shows at The Barfly, Sebright Arms and Borderline.

Catfish And The Bottlemen are Van McCann (vocals & guitar), Billy Bibby (lead guitar), Benji Blakeway (bass) and Bob Hall (drums).

UK Live Dates:
3 May LEEDS Live at Leeds
4 May GLASGOW Stag and Dagger
6 May EDINBURGH Sneaky Pete’s
9 May LEICESTER The Scholar Bar (Academy)
10 May BIRMINGHAM Institute, Temple
11 May OXFORD Academy 2
18 May GUILDFORD Boileroom
19 May SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
20 May LONDON Dingwalls SOLD OUT
21 May CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
23 May MANCHESTER Dot To Dot Festival
24 May GLASGOW Radio 1 Big Weekend (BBC Introducing Stage Headline)
26 May NEWCASTLE Cluny
28 May WREXHAM Central Station
29 May DERBY The Victoria Inn
30 May YORK Duchess
5 July GLOUCESTERSHIRE Barn on The Farm
11 July LIVERPOOL X&Y Festival
12 July ABERSOCH Wakestock Festival
15 July MAGALUF Mallorca Rocks (supporting Jake Bugg)
16 July SAN ANTONIO Ibiza Rocks (supporting Jake Bugg)
18 July OXFORDSHIRE Truck Festival
19 July SOUTHWOLD Latitude Festival
20 July NORTH DEVON Somersault Festival
25 July SURREY Redfest
26 July NORTH YORKSHIRE Deer Shed Festival
27 July SHEFFIELD Tramlines Festival
1 August KENDAL Kendal Calling
2 August DERBYSHIRE Y Not Festival
9 August LEICESTERSHIRE Strawberry Fields Festival
22 August READING Reading & Leeds Festival
23 August LEEDS Reading & Leeds Festival
30 August BINGLEY Bingley Music Live //@thebottlemen //

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