Former Rydal Penrhos pupil Rob Hall's Catfish and the Bottlemen confirmed for Radio 1 Big Weekend
5th May 2016

Former Rydal Penrhos pupil Rob Hall’s Catfish and the Bottlemen have been confirmed to play this year’s BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

The Llandudno rockers, who will release their highly anticipated second album later this month, will play on the final day of the mini-festival, which takes place at Powderham Castle in Exeter on May 28, and 29.

They will be joined on the Sunday by a plethora of artists including Kygo, The 1975, Izzy Azalea, Years and Years, Ellie Goulding, One Republic and Coldplay.

The four-piece indie band, led by Van McCann, posted a message on their social media sites outlining details of second album The Ride, which is predicted to surpass the success of debut smash-hit The Balcony.

The group, said: “We started recording this album at any chance we could get, in between shows over the summer. And, after the final night on 'The Balcony' tour finished we were set to have some time off but couldn't wait and didn't think you should have to either after the run you gave us.

“So, went straight in to finish the second Album. We made it out in Los Angeles with a producer and hero of ours that we’ve dreamt of working since we were kids.

“Alongside you selling shows out for us, this album is by far the proudest I’ve ever been about anything I've written and us four have ever done together.”

The message went on to thank fans’, adding: “You’ve properly changed four lads’ lives here y’know, selling out Bowls in Castlefield 8,000 people strong in five minutes and winning us Brits and all that stuff.

“It's just mad and we'll be grafting all year to ensure things keep growing and these new gigs and new albums keep coming rapidly and in their droves.”

Around 50,000 people are expected to attend One Big Weekend, which is the largest free music show of its kind in the country.

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