Courteeners’ Liam Fray announces one-off Christmas acoustic gig in Manchester

The CourteneersLiam Fray has revealed a one-off Christmas acoustic gig to be held in Manchester – details and tickets are below.

Fray last played at Heaton Park in June to a sold-out crowd. 50,000 fans came to celebrate the 15th anniversary reissue of the band’s debut album ‘St. Jude’, which shot to number one on the charts. This made them the third band in history to hit the top spot with a reissue, along with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Now, the Courteneers’ frontman will play an intimate acoustic gig at Manchester’s Albert Hall on December 17. Tickets will go on sale October 27 at 9am – you can purchase them here.


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Fray recently spoke with NME at Glastonbury 2023, where he opened up about two new albums from The Courteneers.

He revealed a few new song titles including ‘Solitude Of The Night Bus’ and ‘When Are You In New York Next?’ – as well as the claim that another sounds like “Mac Miller covering Leonard Cohen”. Fray also stated that the new music “is gonna blow people’s heads off”.

“The song is king, and the song will always win,” he said. “When I play these new ones to people, I feel dead happy. It feels cool to be in this position. Someone who I trust told me that they’re the best songs I’ve written since [2008 debut album] ‘St Jude’.

“I want to do two albums,” he continued. “One is fun and the other is piano, drum machines, a bit moodier. Don’t expect any hits off that one, but I know what will happen – they’ll be the hits and no one will give a fuck about the ones that I think are good. The ones that are sleepers will be loved. But also, who cares? I love that idea from tonight of feeling so insignificant as part of Glastonbury. I’m going to try and transfer that to the rest of my life.”