Courteeners Tickets and Tour Dates

Following their Top 3 album 'Concrete Love', headline slots at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals and the band’s most successful UK tour to date, Courteeners will play their biggest headline show to date at Manchester’s Heaton Park on Friday 5th June 2015. They will be the first band to headline Heaton Park since The Stone Roses played there in 2012. The band's last Manchester gigs (at the Castlefield Bowl on 5th and 6th July 2013) sold out all 16,000 tickets in one day.

Guitarist and vocalist Liam Fray told XFM that the venue has many fond memories for him. "When we had a half day at school, we'd play pitch and putt. It's a beautiful place. I've been on a few dates there, it's a nice place to have a stroll around."

Speaking of the Heaton Park show, Liam added: "It is fairly surreal, but it just felt like the next thing to do, really. There was talk about doing another show at the Castlefield Bowl, but we've already done that… and I didn't want to revisit it because those gigs were really special."

Hailing from Manchester and featuring an outspoken frontman, Liam Fray, with a penchant for both talking up his own positive attributes and getting into verbal scraps with other bands, Courteeners received regular comparisons in the UK press to the leading lights of three previous waves of Manc Brit-pop: The Smiths, The Stone Roses, and Oasis. The band's alternately jangly and bombastic brand of indie guitar rock bears the influence of all three acts, as well as comparisons to contemporaries like Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian. Also featuring lead guitarist Daniel Conan Moores, bassist Mark Cupello, and drummer Michael Campbell, Courteeners formed in Manchester in 2006, when the 22-year-old Fray ” already known around town for his acoustic singer/songwriter gigs ” brought three of his childhood friends together to form a proper band.

After signing to Loog Records, a pseudo-indie label owned by Polydor, 'Courteeners' released their limited-edition debut single, "Cavorting," in August 2007. Three more singles, "Acrylic," "What Took You So Long?," and "Not Nineteen Forever," dotted the charts between October 2007 and March 2008, prior to the release of the band's debut album. Produced by Stephen Street (celebrated for his work with the Smiths, Blur, and the Cranberries) and featuring Fray's painting of Audrey Hepburn on the cover, 'St. Jude' was released in April 2008. The album reached number four in the UK, where it also achieved gold status. While touring in support of the record, Courteeners began playing new material at select shows, much of which found its way onto 2010's 'Falcon', a slower, more ambitious set of songs. The group's third album, 'Anna', reflected an '80s synth pop influence and arrived in early 2013. In 2014, Courteeners returned with their fourth studio album, 'Concrete Love', which found them building upon 'Anna's anthemic '80s-influenced sound.

Courteeners are an English indie rock band formed in Middleton, Greater Manchester in 2006 by Liam James Fray (guitar/vocals), Michael Campbell (drums/backing vocals), Daniel "Conan" Moores (guitar), and Mark Joseph Cuppello (bass). They have released four studio albums: 'St. Jude' (2008), 'Falco'n (2010), 'Anna' (2013) and 'Concrete Love' (2014).

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