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THE COURTEENERS

THE COURTEENERS LIVE AT LYTHAM FESTIVAL – WHAT HAPPENED?

After a great start to Lytham Festival, tonight was the turn of Middleton’s finest, The Courteeners, for their first seaside performance. ‘It’s about time’ frontman Liam Fray said, looking out to a sold out crowd of 25,000, beaming as the band finally had the chance to headline.

Die hard fans were eager to see opener Nieve Ella’s performance following her recent UK tour. Ella danced about the stage in style with her indigo denim suit and as as always, her bows. Her set was short and sweet, playing some of her more popular songs such as Girlfriend and Car park. A highlight of the performance was the song Sugarcoated, which Nieve said was one of her favourites to perform live. Having just been announced as a guest on Girl in Red’s upcoming tour, this rising star is definitely one to look out for.

As the crowds were building, indie rock band, the Kooks took to the stage. They were tasked with warming up the crowd before the headline performance and this they certainly delivered. They played an impressive setlist from across their albums, drawing on hits such as Naive and She Moves In Her Own Way to get the crowd on top note between more mellow moments such as their performance of Seaside. 

After an intense buildup, one by one the Courteeners strode out onto the stage and the crowd descended into madness.

The band played a fantastic set, featuring songs both new and old, with classics from St. Jude such as Cavorting and Fallowfield Hillbilly to more recent hits from More. Again. Forever. Fans hung on to every word as they played a few songs from their highly anticipated new album, building an even greater suspense for its release. 

The energy of the gig was unmatched, as devoted fans sang back every single word. Frontman Fray had an effortless coolness and charisma as he looked out into the crowd, remarking on how he had every child’s dream job and a lot of that being down to his fans. In typical Courteeners fashion, looking back there was a sea of people dancing atop shoulders, arms stretched out and their smoking flares staining the Lytham sky. The band had an undoubted charisma and northern charm that captivated the crowd throughout the whole gig. 

The encore featured What Took You So Long and the infamous Not Nineteen Forever, making sure to end on a massive high. After such a great performance and the teasing of new music, we are all wondering what is next for The Courteeners…

WORDS BY KATIE LEE

PHOTO CREDIT SIMON LEE

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