North Wales wunderkinds Catfish and the Bottlemen made plenty of waves at Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, IL. Riding the global success of their debut album The Balcony, the foursome played to thousands of fans who sang along to hits like “Kathleen,” “Fallout,” and “Cocoon.” We caught up with the band backstage and were immediately impressed – despite spending months on tour together, they were in good spirits and were constantly pranking eachother throughout our spontaneous photoshoot.
That night, they treated Chicago to an exclusive aftershow at Subterranean. The room was packed and the floor was covered with balloons to celebrate the fact that it was lead singer McCann’s 23rd birthday. The intimacy of the small venue made their second set of the day a completely different experience, despite playing a similar set. At one point, after a crowd-driven chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’, someone spilled a drink on stage, causing McCann’s microphone to go out. However, not even a faulty microphone could dampen the spirit of the evening – the crowd filling in for the missing vocals until a replacement was found.
Luckily, this isn’t the last we’ll hear of them – Catfish and the Bottlemen are in the midst of touring across Europe and North America and are slated to play Reading & Leeds on August 29-30. Tickets for their upcoming UK and North American Tour are on sale now.
Photos courtesy of Mary Ashton Ellis.