The rise and rise of Catfish and the Bottlemen

Ahead of Tramlines 2016, we takes a look at the long-standing relationship between this year’s headliners and the festival.

Catfish and the Bottlemen’s journey to the big time is a Leicester City-esque tale of endeavour and underdog spirit; from impromptu car park gigs to Glastonbury stages in the space of a few years. Their voracious appetite for touring at a young age brought them to the attention of Sheffield promoter and band manager Neil Hargreaves, who booked the band for a number of intimate Sheffield gigs and was there to witness some of their now-fabled early Tramlines gigs.

He told Exposed: “Within ten seconds of seeing Catfish and the Bottlemen at their early shows (e.g. SOYO in 2011) it was very clear that they were a cut above and destined to shoot to the top of their industry. They had it all: great songs, powerful guitars and the most incredible stage presence from lead singer Van which topped it off. The early Tramlines shows were amazing.

“They later returned for their (now infamous) Soyo Tramlines in July 2013, and it is still THE best Tramlines live show ever. The whole place went up. There were bodies flying everywhere. A chandelier got smashed to bits, and Blake the bass player had a tooth knocked out.

Catfish at SOYO in 2013

“I’ve worked with Catfish many times over the years and am happy to call them friends, and they are without a shadow of a doubt the hardest working band I’ve ever met, and deserve every single amount of success that comes their way. They were always destined to headline Tramlines Festival.”

Catfish and The Bottlemen headline the Ponderosa Main Stage at 7.45pm. 

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