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Manchester band play their first gig in seven months at The 100 Club

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Courteeners debuted five tracks from their new album 'Concrete Love' in London last night (July 15) at a special intimate comeback gig.

The Manchester band made their return for their first show in seven months at The 100 Club with fans singing along to many of their singles from their back catalogue.

Frontman Liam Fray was greeted with chants of "Liam! Liam!" as the band arrived onstage and kicked off their hour set with new song 'Small Bones'.

Before long the crowd were singing along to the likes of early single 'Cavorting' and 'ANNA' single 'Lose Control'.

Acknowledging their absence, Fray told the crowd as he launched into new track 'Summer': "It's the first time we've played some of these tunes and it's been a long time since we've played some of the older songs, so sorry if we're a bit rusty"

The band played a further three songs from their forthcoming fourth album, which is out on August 18, including 'Has He Told You That He Loves You Yet', 'How Good It Was' and 'Next Time You Call' before wrapping up their set with 'Not Nineteen Forever' and 'What Took You So Long?', both of which saw the audience sing the start of both tracks before they even began.

Finishing up the show, Fray said: "It's been a long time since we've played a gig - more than seven months. Thanks for coming out tonight, we were pretty nervous beforehand but you've been great. London, goodnight and thank you."

Speaking to NME after the show, the Courteeners frontman explained why they played The 100 Club. He said: "It's just a legendary venue and we've never done it before. We've kind of done all the small places in Manchester and we thought it'd be nice to play one in London. This place is one those places you see on old Kinks posters and [Sex] Pistols posters. They tried to shut it down a few years ago and I'd never played here before but I've got an affiliation to it because all these great bands I love cut their teeth here."

Fray added: "It went amazing tonight. We were quite nervous because it's hard playing new stuff. We've rehearsed a lot but you just never know. It was a bit of a risk starting with 'Small Bones'. But that track seemed to go down well and 'Next Time You Call' towards the end. By the end of it we were loving it."

Courteeners played:

'Small Bones'
'Push Yourself'
'Cavorting'
'Lose Control'
'Has He Told You That He Loves You Yet'
'Summer'
'Are You In Love With A Notion?'
'Here Come The Young Men'
'Sycophant'
'How Good It Was'
'Take Over The World'
'Next Time You Call'
'Not Nineteen Forever'
'What Took You So Long?'

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