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Catfish and the Bottlemen Concert @ Wembley Arena 15/11/16



Catfish and the Bottlemen are one of my favourite bands. I saw them for the first time at an intimate show in May at Electric Ballroom in Camden. When they announced they were performing at Wembley, I was so proud and excited so I was determined to get tickets. I had my laptop and phone ready on the site to buy tickets half an hour before they went on sale and I refreshed them constantly. When it hit 9:00 am and I was able to select my tickets, they went out of stock. I knew it was presale and more would be released, but being the person that I am, I was determined to get them at that moment. I figured some people would back out of their purchases so I kept refreshing the page. Half an hour passed. I still kept refreshing the page. An hour passed. I started to feel quite ridiculous and overly optimistic. I told myself I'd wait another half an hour, and it's good that I did. All of a sudden, it no longer said sold out and I was able to successfully purchase a ticket. My stubbornness paid off (although I probably would have been able to get a ticket in the general sale or the later extra ticket releases).


Now onto the concert. Me and my friends arrived at Wembley arena at around 9:00 am. We went to the entrance allocated on our ticket and there were only a couple of people in front of us. This was quite shocking as usually people camp overnight for concerts at Wembley. Last time me and my friend went there to see Years and Years, there was already 20 people in front of us at 8:00 am.


When I tell some people how early I arrive at concerts they look at me like I'm crazy. But in my opinion it's totally worth it to be front row. Everyone pays the same price for standing tickets, why not get the most out of your money and get a good spot? We're quite used to lining up for so long so time went by quite quickly in between a visit to McDonald's, toilet breaks, and exploring the area.




They opened with 'Homesick' like at their previous show. The set list was pretty much similar to the first show I went to but I didn't mind as I knew the songs from the second album better this time so I was able to enjoy them even more.



The crowd gets quite rowdy at Catfish concerts so I'm glad that I was at the barrier so that I had something to hold onto. It got really intense at times but it was still so much fun. It was interesting to see the difference between a show at a really big venue vs a small one. To be honest I preferred their more intimate show as the gap between the barrier and the stage at arenas is so big. Of course its for safety and so that everyone has a good view but I prefer the cosiness of smaller shows. The atmosphere at Wembley was great though, and I'm happy that they were able to sell out such a big venue. 



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