Tonight is testament to how successful The Courteeners have been during their seven years as a band.
Every single tune of their lengthy set is accompanied by a mass sing-a-long, with the unceasing chant of “Liam, Liam, Liam ” [Fray, vocals/guitar], being the only break between each song.
Sycophant, Take Over The World and Please Don’t – especially the line of “it’s got f**k all to do with me” in the latter tune, are just a few of many buoyant moments of the quartet’s night.
Despite a lack of conversation between numbers, Liam Fray more than makes up for this with his emotive delivery of each tune, which sound more like stadium anthems than just ordinary songs.
The singer even took the brave decision to perform a few acoustic tracks – including Marquee, but rather than stop the momentum in his band’s set, it only built it further by the time the electric guitars were brought back out for the final flurry of grown men in the crowd singing their hearts out.
Not Nineteen Forever, followed by a finale of What Took You So Long? formed the perfect end to a flawless night’s work for the Manchester band, who you feel are on the cusp of something special.
If The Courteeners have a few more nights like this, it is not inconceivable that they will be playing venues more suitable for their anthemic, arena-sized sounding songs in the very near-future.
Jonathan Day – Deputy Music Editor