Courteeners tease ‘big announcement’ after Lytham Festival show - best fan theories including Manchester gig

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Courteeners are set to back up their huge performance at Lytham Festival with a big announcement.

Formed in Middleton back in 2006, the three-piece fronted by Liam Fray have been quiet lately - although this could all be about to change. 

The band took to the stage at Lytham Festival and played to the biggest crowd the event has ever seen. With a host of classic songs from six studio albums, their back catalogue has plenty to shout about. 

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Their last album was released in January 2020, but after a long wait Courteeners have teased a big announcement that is on its way at 6pm on Tuesday. At 8pm last night, an eight second clip was uploaded onto the band’s social media pages showing Fray sitting at the back of a double decker bus. 

The front of the bus reads ‘Middleton’ and ‘Number 17’ and also ‘Solitude of the Night Bus’ which many fans have speculated is a new single on the way. The wait for new music has been a long one, but fans will no doubt feel it would have been worth the wait. 

In the comments section of social media, the rumours were rife. Some of the big live moments from the band have come at Manchester’s Heaton Park, with gigs taking place in 2019 and then in 2023. This has led some fans to suggest another big Manchester show may get announced. 

Courteeners performed to a record Lytham Festival crowd on Friday night.Courteeners performed to a record Lytham Festival crowd on Friday night.
Courteeners performed to a record Lytham Festival crowd on Friday night. | National World / Michelle Adamson

Setlist from Courteeners last Manchester gig

Just over a year ago, on June 9 2023, Courteeners played their last show in Manchester. This was the most recent of their Heaton Park gigs. Below is the setlist from that day, which included an acoustic segment from Liam Fray. 

  • Aftershow
  • Kimberley
  • Cavorting
  • Acrylic
  • Kings of the New Road
  • Please Don't
  • No You Didn't, No You Don't
  • Bide Your Time
  • That Kiss
  • Fallowfield Hillbilly

Liam Fray Acoustic

  • How Come
  • Yesterday, Today & Probably Tomorrow
  • Smiths Disco
  • It Must Be Love (Labi Siffre cover)
  • Are You in Love With a Notion?
  • Lose Control
  • Summer
  • Small Bones (Dedicated to Millie Bristow)
  • The 17th
  • Hanging Off Your Cloud
  • Modern Love
  • Not Nineteen Forever
  • What Took You So Long? (with "Tomorrow" by James snippet)

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