The band, who stormed London’s Olympia last month, returned to Manchester for their last show of the year before the release of new album ‘More. Again. Forever’ in January.
After Courteeners were accompanied on stage for a string section for a short segment of the show, frontman Liam Fray then performed an acoustic solo set before returning for a full band encore. During his acoustic section, Fray delivered an unplanned rendition of Oasis ‘Live Forever’.
The band also aired the new live favourite and likely future single ‘Heart Attack’, a glam-infused stomper from the new record. Skip to 12mins 14 secs below to see it performed, along with other fan highlights from the show.
Here’s a version of the song performed at last month’s London show.
Courteeners’ setlist was:
Are You in Love With a Notion?
No One Will Ever Replace Us
Bide Your Time
More. Again. Forever.
With String Section
You Overdid It Doll
Liam Fray acoustic
Hanging Off Your Cloud
Live forever (Oasis cover)
Not Nineteen Forever
What Took You So Long?
‘More. Again. Forever’ will arrive on January 17, before the band headline TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow next July alongside Liam Gallagher and Lewis Capaldi.
So far from the new album, the band have shared the title track, along with the singles ‘Heavy Jacket‘ and ‘Better Man‘ – the latter two come with videos made in collaboration with Emma Jane Unsworth.
“I just couldn’t get myself or my head together,” said Fray. “My confidence completely dropped. I couldn’t write a riff. I couldn’t write a couplet. I had nothing, for the first time ever. I was like, ‘This could be it’. I was looking at properties in the Highlands of Scotland to get away and get my farm ready. Once you go down that road in your head, fucking hell – you can’t just call an Uber and say, ‘Come get me out of here’. It was a slow fucking process.
“People were coming in and trying to book you for festivals and saying, ‘Have you got a record?’ As the songwriter, it was on my shoulders. We’ve got three members in this band plus crew and touring festivals is the lifeblood of every band. The festivals pay your way. So yeah, it’s a miracle it happened, but here we are – headlining TRNSMT.”