courteenersA review of The Courteeners in Newcastle

Manchester indie outfit the Courteeners continued their sell-out tour with an energetic show at Newcastle O2 Academy. 2000 of the North’s bravest battled their way through the horrendous weather to watch Liam Fray serenade delirious fans with old fan favourites and a select few off the new record.

Entering the stage after playing their usual intro song of Oasis’ ‘Morning Glory’, Fray and co. kicked off with the usual ‘Are You In Love With The Notion’. (brought back in as the opener to the set after a change had left many fans angered) As soon as Liam Fray’s right hand hit the opening chord, pandemonium ensued and those who had never attended a Courteeners gig before understood instantly the reputation the band has earned for its live performances.

Playing hits from all five studio albums, the band effortlessly proved why they are so loved among those connected in the indie scene, simultaneously showing why they are booked in for arena venues around Britain.

New album Mapping the Rendezvous had received a variety of feedback among fans, with some labelling it desperate and rushed, with others announcing it as one of the best records produced in 2016. Kudos to The Courteeners as live tracks such as ‘The 17th’ and ‘Modern Love’ left an impression on a personal note.

Littered between the new tracks were fan favourites such as ‘Cavorting’, ‘Bide Your Time’ and ‘Fallowfield Hillbilly’ the four-piece proved why they are one of the most exciting live bands in the UK as they ripped through a 20 song strong set list.

Choosing a suitable set list when possessing a plethora of songs was always going to be a difficult task but the setlist left everyone leaving on a buzz. Of course ‘Jacket’, ‘How good it was’ and ‘Summer’ would of all went down a storm but with them particular songs having been played hundreds of times in the past, it was time for a refreshing, new look setlist to come to the party, and boy did it arrive.

Like most prolific frontmen such as Noel Gallagher and Kelly Jones, fans were treated to an acoustic solo set from Fray which featured ‘De La Salle’, ‘Please Don’t’ (another fan favourite) and ‘Smith’s Disco’.

As soon as the Gibson Hummingbird was placed (gently) back onto the stand, fans then knew they had a final chance to go berserk until next time. ‘Acrylic’, ‘Not Nineteen Forever’ and ‘What Took You So Long? were screamed back to Fray and co. A faultless performance from a band enjoying an unprecedented amount of coverage, hype and success.

Support came from Liverpool’s Clean Cut Kid. Playing all of their singles including latest hit ‘Make Believe’, debut single ‘Vitamin C’ and ‘Stay’. The bluesy, southern rock-fused band played to die-hard ‘teeners’ fans as they waited for the main attraction. However, the enthusiastic four piece enjoyed a great reception for a support band with many of the crowd dancing and engaging with the band.

The Courteeners will play a homecoming gig to over 50,000 adoring fans at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on the 27th May 2017. The gig will see support from rising sensations Blossoms, Cabbage and 90’s sensation The Charlatans.