The Courteeners planning ‘something special’ for wedding party at Manchester gig

Two fans bought 67 tickets the their Old Trafford gig to host a wedding reception party

The Courteeners have revealed they’ll be doing ‘something special’ for the couple who bought 67 tickets to their upcoming Manchester show to host a wedding reception party – as well as speaking out on other wedding invites they’ve received from fans.

Liam Fray and co are set to headline a huge 50,000-capacity gig at Emirates Old Trafford Lancashire County Cricket Ground next May, supported by The Charlatans, Blossoms and Cabbage. To kick off their marriage with a bang, soon-to-be newly-weds Abby Clare and Pete Richards bought an impressive 67 tickets for them and their wedding guests.

Speaking to NME, Fray said that they were touched by the gesture and would have something memorable up their sleeves for the couple.


“We’re definitely gonna do something special, we’re not sure yet,” Fray told NME. “We’re definitely gonna do something privately for them, not draw attention to them in a middle of a cricket ground field or whatever – that might not be ideal at 8pm on a Bank Holiday weekend. I’m not sure if they’d appreciate that; 50,000 people staring at them – maybe they would, I don’t know. But we are gonna sort something. It’s such a great story.”

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When asked about previous wedding requests that the band had received, Fray replied: “We’ve had bits and bobs. We had somebody that worked with us on a few things propose to his girlfriend the last time we played Brixton and that was quite cool.

“A lot of people have ‘Take Over The World’ and ‘Last of the Ladies’ played, sowe’re really popular for dances at weddings. I’ve had a lot of offers for playing weddings, like ridiculous – probably more than 100 offers to play at weddings. But it’s always stuff like free buffet. But I’m like ‘no, never, maybe one day’.”

Fray added: “I at least want to see the menu. I want to go for the day do if I’m going. I want the three-course meal, do the speeches, all that.”


The Courteeners release their fifth album, ‘Mapping The Rendezvous’ on Friday 28 October. Read the full NME review and verdict here.

Read more: Hear Cabbage’s huge new EP here and check out our Under The Radar interview

The Courteeners’ full upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are below.

Thu November 10 2016 – STOKE Victoria Hall
Fri November 11 2016 – SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall
Sat November 12 2016 – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Mon November 14 2016 – BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Tue November 15 2016 – NORWICH UEA
Thu November 17 2016 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Fri November 18 2016 – LIVERPOOL Echo Arena
Sat November 19 2016 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Mon November 21 2016 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle
Tue November 22 2016 – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Thu November 24 2016 – CARLISLE Sands Centre
Fri November 25 2016 – LEEDS first direct Arena
Wed December 7 2016 – DUBLIN Academy
Thursday December 8 2016 – Belfast Limelight

Sat May 27 2017 – MANCHESTER Emirates Old Trafford