COURTEENERS continued their sell-out tour with a rowdy, packed show at Nottingham’s Rock City. The intimacy of the venue boosted the Mancunian’s already wild live reputation into absolute chaos and pandemonium.
Coming on stage around 9pm, Fray and co. kicked off with the usual Notion (brought back in as the opener after fans kicked off about a setlist change) and it was insane from there on in. Playing hits from all five of their studio albums, the four-piece definitely proved why they are one of the most exciting live bands in the UK and why they are playing arenas on the tour.
Mapping The Rendezvous received a fair amount of stick when it was released last month, but credit where it is due; the tracks from it sounded excellent live. Personal highlights from the release were No One Will Ever Replace Us, Modern Love and The Dilettante.
Weaved in between all of the hits such as Cavorting, a full band performance of Bide Your Time and Small Bones (introduced with a speech about playing “A small place called Heaton Park”) and you get the general gist of Courteeners’ latest tour.
Choosing from five albums, EPs, etc is a difficult task but they, in my opinion, nailed the set. Sure, That Kiss or How Good It Was could have featured but they’ve been played plenty of times in the past so it was refreshing to hear a new-ish set. Fray’s solo set featured De La Salle, Please Don’t (including Stone Roses’ Standing Here) and fan favourite Smiths Disco.
Ending with a trio of St Jude classics, the crowd know that once the acoustic guitar is laid down, it is their last chance to go nuts. Acrylic. Not Nineteen Forever. What Took You So Long? The end. Typical ending, but greeted with a wild reception nonetheless. A superb show from a superb band. Old Trafford should be insane.
Support came from Liverpool’s Clean Cut Kid. Playing all of their singles including latest hit Make Believe, debut single Vitamin C, the pop-fused Runaway and catchy ballad We Used To Be In Love. Sadly, some of the crowd didn’t ‘get’ Clean Cut Kid and opted to throw their beers at the stage. I paid £14 for two beverages so you must have REALLY hated them. Weird. Excellent support set in my humble opinion.
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