Scottish rockers, Twin Atlantic, always seem so close to really breaking through to arena success. However, for one reason or another they have never managed to take the next step to a headline arena tour.
With four albums under their belt, some huge support tours, including the main support for Kings of Leon when they played St. James Park, Newcastle in 2014, you would have thought Twin Atlantic would have broken free of 2000 cap venues by now, and taken the next step.
However, those cares were a million miles away for Sam McTrusty and co., as they delivered a succinct opening set, filled with hits and packed with punch. With a limited amount of time before Catfish and The Bottlemen took to the stage, the Glasgow four piece rifled through their big hitters, with fan favorites The Chaser, Hold On, Heart and Soul, and Brothers and Sisters all featuring in an action packed set.
From the minute they entered the stage, Twin Atlantic brought energy and enthusiasm, proving the perfect warm up act for Catfish; a band who are known for their exhilarating live sets. Vocally McTrusty was on fire, with his thick Scottish brogue filling the arena, and earning singalongs from a very healthy audience (for an opening act), showing this band are much bigger than they are ever given credit for.
By the time their set ended, the crowd were well and truly warmed up, with a mist of sweat steaming through the ram packed hall. That energy didn’t take long to transfer from the crowd to Catfish and The Bottlemen, with Van McCann owning the stage from the get go, while North Shields’ Johnny Bond depicted the effortlessly cool guitarist on his homecoming show.
Opening with Longshot, Catfish had the arena bouncing from the iconic opening of ‘Go, ahead and tell me… you got all you want’. The opening track from this year’s hugely successful album has been filling airwaves far and wide, and the crowd ate up every word, as McCann worked the stage with ease.
With three albums filled with arena worthy tunes, Catfish have the luxury of handpicking a set list they know will send their audiences wild, and that’s exactly what they did, with a set that included Pacifier, Homesick, Conversation, 7, Cocoon and 2all.
The set, which lasted around an hour and 45 minutes, was packed with close to 20 tracks as Van, Bondy, Benji and Jon keeping chitchat to a minimum, letting the music do the talking. With two great bands, delivering incredible sets, it is safe to say the Geordie crowd got their money’s worth.
Photos by Adam Kennedy