Just as this summer comes to a close, there’s already excitement for the next summer as Manchester band the Courteeners have announced details of a headline show at Heaton Park. Returning to the city where it it all began on Friday 9th June 2023, the band originally from Middleton will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of their debut album ‘St Jude’.
Across six studio albums, countless momentous nights in the biggest venues in the country, era-defining shows and storming festival headline turns – the Courteeners have become one of the UK’s biggest bands. Lead by Liam Fray, the band headlined festivals such as Neighbourhood Weekender and Y Not Festival in 2022 and have sold over 100,000 tickets last year alone, but now the Courteeners are making a return to Manchester in 2023 for a very special night going back to their roots.
Released in 2008, ‘St Jude’ launched the Courteeners’ music career- sitting as an iconic album that soundtracked 00s Britain. The album featured Top 40 anthems such as ‘Not Nineteen Forever’, ‘What Took You So Long?’ and ‘No You Didn’t, No You Don’t’, as well as beloved classics such as ‘Cavorting’, ‘Please Don’t’ and ‘Fallowfield Hillbilly’ amongst others.
In what will be the band’s third headline appearance at Heaton Park following sold-out nights in 2015 and 2019, the Courteeners will bring a special celebration of ‘St Jude’ 15 years on – playing the album in full alongside their greatest hits from their music career.
Speaking about the special ‘St Jude’ Heaton Park show, Liam Fray said: “They grow up so fast. Can’t believe our darling St. Jude is 15 next year. Think it’s time for a celebration and we all know that great things come in threes….The Star Wars Trilogy, Sooty, Sweep & Soo and now, here we are, with the third instalment of ‘Courteeners at Heaton Park’. June 2015. June 2019 and now June 2023…
“This time, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its release we’ll be playing St Jude (in full) plus (of course) the hits. I can’t think of any better way to celebrate than to make the pilgrimage to Heaton Park with like-minded souls and lose ourselves like it’s 2008. And, because we’re good like that, we’ve remastered the original album… God bless the band. God bless the fans. Omne trium perfectum.”
The Courteeners’ headline show at Heaton Park in 2023 is just one of many celebrations in store for ‘St Jude’, with news today of a special remastered edition of the album also announced. Set for release on January 13th 2023, the collection will see the seminal album remastered in full in a range of different editions – incorporating fan favourite B-Sides, Acoustic Versions and more across collectible formats.
Full general release tickets for the Courteeners at Heaton Park go on-sale from 9am on Friday 2nd September via their website here.