Former Rydal Penrhos pupil enjoys another busy weekend as part of chart-topping group
13th July 2016

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil has enjoyed another busy weekend as part of the chart-topping group Catfish and the Bottlemen.

Drummer Rob Hall, who left the school in 2011, played to an 8,000 strong crowd at a special gig at Castlefield Bowl on Friday, July 8, before heading up to Scotland to thrill revellers at T in The Park.

Lucy Rowe, of the Manchester Evening News, who reviewed the Bowl gig, said: “Breaking into addictive tunes from their debut album The Balcony, they remind me of an early day Arctic Monkeys with absorbing tales of girls, gigs and nights out.

“And Castlefield Bowl is the perfect venue – edgy, unusual and urban – it gives the backdrop to Van McCann's he-said she-said style of lyrics.

“The band rattle through their hit tracks as the retro-sounding vibes spark a cheer from the zealous crowd.

“Introducing tracks in his calm northern twang, McCann paves the way for the rest of the band including Benjamin 'Benji' Blakeway, Robert 'Sideshow Bob' Hall and Johnny 'Bondy' Bond.

“Leaping out of Llandudno last year, Catfish & the Bottlemen have amassed a sizeable following and won their first Brit Award for British Breakthrough act in February.

“Finishing almost on Cocoon they give a convincing rendition leaving us wanting more – but with only two albums to their name it might be time to start penning a third.”

This summer has proved to be another busy and successful one for the group, who topped the UK Album charts for the first time with their second smash hit The Ride.

They also proved to be one of the highlights of the weekend at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, and announced a 20-date US tour which is set to raise their profile further.


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