Tomorrow, before thousands descend on the venue for Parklife this weekend, Courteeners will perform to a sold out crowd at Heaton Park (Manchester) for the 15th anniversary of their breakthrough debut album, St Jude.
The Courteeners big outdoor hometown show has become a biennial fixture in the Manchester music calendar for almost a decade now, and this is the third time the Middleton band will perform a headline show here.
Support will come from Katie Owen (16:00-17:30 DJ set), Brooke Combe (17:30-18:00), The Snuts (18:20-19:00), and DMA’s (19:30-20:20), before Courteeners take to the stage at 9pm to headline an incredible day of music.
The sun is set to be shining according to the Met Office, so what can we expect from the setlist on the night?
The band played two warm up shows in their “second home” of Scotland in the run up to the big day. First up was the O2 Academy Edinburgh on Sunday, followed by the O2 Academy Glasgow on Monday, with both setlists proving almost identical and providing a good insight of what is to come tomorrow.
As expected with Courteeners, the set will be split into three sections, with two main sets either side of a Liam Fray solo acoustic performance. This time however, there is a St Jude twist for the anniversary.
The first 10 songs of the set are from the band’s debut chapter, including Cavorting, Acrylic, Please Don’t and Bide Your Time, all following the album opener of Aftershow. Fray will start his mid-set acoustic break with How Come, in a nod to his own solo shows over the years.
Smiths Disco is a live staple, but it was followed in Scotland by a cover of It Must Be Love, so could we see this again at Heaton Park tomorrow?
It won’t just be the St Jude era that the band celebrate either, with fan favourites Are You In Love With a Notion, Summer, The 17th, Hanging Off Your Cloud, and Modern Love the likely inclusions from the rest of the back catalogue, before the traditional set close of Not Nineteen Forever and What Took You So Long? (with THAT James snippet).
There will be extra Metrolink tram services running to Heaton Park before and after the gig, using the Heaton Park stop ahead of the gig and the Bowker Vale stop after as the Heaton Park stop closes at 9pm.
Parking is resident only outside of the park, with pick ups and drop offs advised at the local Sainsbury’s car park. However, this has been extremely busy at the past shows when leaving.
However you are getting there, we hope you enjoy the show. God bless the band!
You can get resale tickets for face value or less at the following link – Buy Courteeners Tickets | Heaton Park Manchester | Twickets.
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