‘This one is for you’: Courteeners’ drummer dedicates Brixton Academy gig to late father

"He wanted me to continue with the shows, so I've played for him."

Courteeners‘ drummer Michael Campbell has revealed his dad died a day before their tour began in an emotional post on Twitter.

The band play the final date of their current UK tour tonight (December 1) at Brixton Academy – a gig that Campbell has dedicated to his late father.

Posting on Twitter earlier today, Campbell’s touching statement detailed his father’s death and the decision to continue performing. The post read: “He wanted me to continue with the shows, so I’ve played for him. So for the last time on tour Dad, this one is for you.” Read the full post below.

The drummer also thanked fans, writing: “It’s been a really tough time but playing our songs to you is something that’s really got me through. You’re an incredible bunch.”

Only a few weeks ago, the band announced details of a huge homecoming show at Manchester’s Heaton Park in 2019. They will be playing at the iconic park on Saturday June 15, with support from JamesDMAs and Pale Waves.

Read Campbell’s full dedication here:

“It’s the last night of the tour and I just wanted to tell you all how proud I am.

My family and I lost our wonderful dad, pat, the day before the tour started. It’s been a really tough time but playing our songs to you is something that’s really got me through. You’re an incredible bunch.

He loved the band so much and he was very proud of his youngest son. He wanted me to continue with the shows, so I’ve played for him. So for the last time on tour Dad, this one is for you.

I want to thank my brothers in the band, management, crew and the ‘teeners family for making this whole tour one that I’m supremely proud of and that I’ll never forget.

God bless the band and God bless my Dad X”