Defining undimmed ambition as the flag bearers for energetic, arena-filling alternative rock, Catfish and the Bottlemen mark the release of their third album, The BalanceOUT NOW on Island Records – by announcing additional UK dates to follow a string of nationwide sell outs, summer festival headline dates and international appearances.

Their third album after a wait of almost three years, following 2014’s The Ride and 2016’s The Balcony (selling over one million copies between them), The Balance hits the playlists of a growing, ceaselessly passionate community of young fans worldwide. The response to recent singles, including Longshot (achieving 30 million streams and counting), has only fanned the flames of expectation. It’s when the band and their fans meet in supercharged performance that the Catfish phenomenon becomes boisterously apparent and four new UK arena dates are announced to meet ever increasing demand for tickets.

The band heads ‘home’ to their heartlands in the north of England with the following new dates going on-sale on Fri 3 May at 10am. Fans can get pre-sale access by buying The Balance via

  • Mon 4 Nov 2019        Birmingham, Birmingham Arena
  • Tue 5 Nov 2019          Newcastle, Utilita Arena
  • Sun 10 Nov 2019        Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
  • Mon 11 Nov 2019      Leeds, First Direct Arena

Beyond British and Irish shores, Catfish and the Bottlemen’s global appeal stokes excitement within and surrounding the band for just how far their music can take them. With some Mexican fans having gone as far as starting a petition to secure a Catfish live date there, the band pencils in a date at Mexico City’s El Plaza Condesa on Tue 4 June before a busy summer looms with a visit to Denmark for Roskilde Festival (Sat 6 June), five further Australian dates including Byron Bay’s Splendour in the Grass Festival (Sat 20 July) and a return to Japan as second stage headliners for the Summer Sonic Festival held in Osaka (Fri 16 Aug) and Tokyo (Sat 17 Aug).

Increasing demand from audiences throughout North America prompted Catfish and the Bottlemen to add a June extension to their US touring plans, including shows in Toronto, Detroit and Boston. No strangers to thrilling nights in the open air back home, Catfish return for UK festival headline slots at Citadel Festival, London and TRNSMT, Glasgow. All previously announced Catfish and the Bottlemen UK, Ireland and European tour dates for 2019 are:

  • Sun 28 Apr 2019        Galway, Leisureland – SOLD OUT
  • Tue 30 Apr 2019         Dublin, The Olympia Theatre – SOLD OUT
  • Thu 2 May 2019         Brighton, Brighton Centre – SOLD OUT
  • Sat 4 May 2019          Coventry, Ericsson Indoor Arena – SOLD OUT
  • Sun 5 May 2019         Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena – SOLD OUT
  • Tue 7 May 2019         Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena
  • Wed 8 May 2019        Manchester, Manchester Arena – SOLD OUT
  • Mon 13 May 2019      Madrid, La Riviera
  • Tue 14 May 2019       Barcelona, Razzmatazz
  • Thu 16 May 2019       Milan, Alcatraz
  • Sat 18 May 2019        Berlin, Huxleys Neue Welt
  • Mon 20 May 2019      Amsterdam, Melkweg – SOLD OUT
  • Sun 26 May 2019       Middlesbrough, BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend
  • Sat 6 July 2019           Roskilde, Roskilde Music Festival
  • Sat 13 July 2019         Glasgow, TRNSMT Festival
  • Sun 14 July 2019        London, Citadel Festival
  • Sat 3 Aug 2019           Cork, Indie19 Festival
  • Mon 12 Aug 2019      Budapest, Sziget Festival

The Balance was recorded by Van McCann (vocals, guitars), Johnny Bond (guitars), Robert ‘Bob’ Hall (drums) and Benji Blakeway (bass) over a 12-month period in the company of Irish producer, Jacknife Lee, in two secluded studios; Grouse Lodge, in Moate, Republic of Ireland, and The Chapel in the countryside of East Lincolnshire. The album was mixed by Craig Silvey.

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