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Liam Fray and co's new album 'Anna' is set for release today (February 4)

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The Courteeners launched their new album 'Anna' by playing two small-scale acoustic gigs in their hometown of Manchester yesterday (February 3).

The band's frontman Liam Fray performed new tracks from the album as well as fan favourites such as 'No You Did, No You Don't' and 'Not Nineteen Forever' at The Ritz in Manchester. Demand for the 3,000 capacity gigs was so high that Fray performed a matinee show before playing again in the evening. The band will make an in-store appearance at Piccadilly Records today (February 4) before going on to play further acoustic shows in Leeds, Sheffield, Preston and Liverpool from Tuesday to Friday.

Speaking to NME about 'Anna', Liam Fray said: "It feels like guitar music is on its way back. I want the record to do well and sell copies. I never started this band to be a member of the 'alternative' crowd. I want people to hear our music. If you're selling out big shows and making a connection with people, what's wrong with making a connection with a few more of them? And you don't make a living limping into the charts at number 89."

Liam Fray's Manchester Ritz acoustic gig setlist:

'How Come'
'Bide Your Time'
Fallowfield Hillbilly'
'No You Didn't, No You Don't'
'Yesterday, Today & Probably'
'An Ex Is An Ex For A Reason'
'Car 31'
'Fleet Foxes/Good Times'
'Lose Control'
'Van Der Graph'
'Last Of The Ladies'
'The Wind and The Drizzle'
'Here Come The Young Men'
'Marquee'
'Sycophant'
'Smiths Disco'
'The Rest Of The World Has Gone Home'
'Not Nineteen Forever''
'What Took You So Long?'

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