On the back of last month’s release of the fifth chapter from Manchester’s The Courteeners, the band have set out on another UK tour. Met with critical approval, ‘Mapping The Rendezvous’ has enhanced the band’s popularity all over the country, and with no hometown date it was down to the Echo Arena in Liverpool to fly the flag for the North West.
Clean Cut Kid were first on the bill last night, and were then followed by Sheffield’s Milburn before The Courteeners took to the stage. Having amended their setlist throughout the tour it was left to be seen which would make the cut, and which song might open the set. Are You In Love With A Notion was the pick, and lit by flares the crowd erupted to an exuberant Liam Fray, clad in a flowery shirt and white jeans. From then it was the perfect combination, from the old, rough Cavorting after the new and polished Modern Love – one of the hits from the new album. Not For Tomorrow had been an opening track, it featured fourth followed by Lose Control, Lucifer’s Dreams and Fallowfield Hillbilly, a fine example of their talent over time.
A fan favourite, Sycophant also got involved, the anthem that led their second coming back in 2010. The 17th, too, was popular having already been given a run out earlier this year at Leeds Festival as the earliest single released. Moores, Campbell, Cross and Payne leave the stage to leave Fray alone for an acoustic set that included a Disco 2000 excerpt and newbie De La Salle.
The finale, as always, was made up of some of the best of their produce. “For everyone that loves being in The Courteeners”, Here Come The Young Men, then Beautiful Head for a touch of romance. After words of thanks, and the band being “proof that Mancs and Scousers can get on”, all that was left was for Not Nineteen Forever and What Took You So Long to bring the show to a stunning climax.
“Thank you Liverpool, we’ll see you at the cricket ground.”