The Courteeners in last minute dash to make Glastonbury slot

Manchester band overcome breakdown to play set

The Courteeners overcame an on-the-road drama to play a storming set on the John Peel stage at Glastonbury today (June 28).

The Manchester band’s tourbus broke down on the way to the festival in Walsall last night, leaving the band stranded and facing a race against time to make their set today.

“The exhaust pipe fell off our van,” the band’s singer Liam Fray told the crowd. “But we’re here now, so let’s have it!”


Kicking off with ‘Aftershow’, the band fired through tracks from their debut album ‘St Jude’ to a packed crowd, with large queues snaking out of the tent.

Previous singles ‘Cavorting’ and ‘What Took You So Long’ received the biggest cheers, while Fray dived into the crowd and gave high-fives to the front row after a raucous ‘Not Nineteen’.

“This is one of the greatest days of my life,” Fray told the crowd before ‘What Took You So Long’ – the chorus of which inspired loud chants that carried on well after the band left the stage.

Before leaving the stage, Fray urged the crowd to go and see fellow Mancunians Elbow on the Other Stage. “If you do one thing other than see us, go and see them because they’re fucking amazing,” he said.

The Courteeners played:




‘Please Don’t’

‘Kings Of The New Road’

‘Bide Your Time’

‘No You Didn’t, No You Don’t’

‘Yesterday, Today And Probably Tomorrow’

‘Not Nineteen’

‘What Took You So Long’

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