Are the Courteeners really selling Heaton Park out?

The Courteeners are a four piece indie rock band which originated from Middleton, Greater Manchester. Liam Fray heads the band doing vocals and guitar as well as writing all the music and lyrics, Michael Campbell is on the drums and backing vocals, Daniel Moores on guitar and Mark Josheph Cuppello.

Four albums have been released: St Jude (2008), Falcon (2010), Anna (2013) and Concrete Love (2014). Manchester Roadhouse was the bands first gig in October 2006 which led them to success after success after their first single ‘Cavorting’ was released in August 2007.

Short clip of The Courteeners performing Summer from their latest album Concrete Love at Leeds 02 Academy in November 2014:

…or atleast one more day

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Clip of The Courteeners performing a single from Anna Are You In Love With A Notion? at Leeds 02 Academy in November 2014:

Why are you so in love with a notion

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Recently tickets have gone on sale for the Courteeners headline gig at Heaton Park, Manchester next summer and have claimed to sell out within a few hours

Twenty minutes in and they’d sold their first batch of tickets before releasing another batch on the same day which also sold out within a few hours. However it’s been reported by the Manchester Evening News that the band have sold 20,000 tickets.

Previously, Heaton Park has seen the likes of Oasis and Stone Roses take the stage and have sold 70-75,000 tickets each. So how are the Courteeners doing a “sold out” gig there when it could let an extra 50,000 through its gates?

Newly crazed band Courteeners have only had one single which entered the top twenty in the UK charts (The Courteeners information from Official Charts). Only having released four and so far being formed for eight years it would be no surprise they would fail at selling 75,000 tickets. Whereas Stone Roses had eight singles within the UK chart before they broke up (Stone Roses information from Official Charts)Β and Oasis had eight UK chart toppers within the bands existence (Oasis information from Offical Charts).

Stone Roses playing Heaton Park in 2012, by Ian Stannard is licenced under CC BY 2.0

Stone Roses playing Heaton Park in 2012, by Ian Stannard is licensed under CC BY 2.0

I think either they’re holding tickets back until they announce their support and with each announcement (assuming there will be three support bands) they are planning on releasing another 15,000 tickets.

However it may also be because Parklife festival will be taking place the weekend directly after, 6th and 7th June. We all know what the ground can be like at festivals, mud that bad it even manages to get down your wellies and spoils the nice outfit you specifically for for the gig from the “Festival Chic” section in your favourite shop. Β So maybe the band have only been allocated a certain amount of tickets to make sure the ground isn’t that bad in prep for Parklife.

Are Courteeners doing Heaton Park to show they are a big Manc band just like Roses and Oasis? But if so it is a poor decision if they’re not actually going to sell it out.

The Courteeners playing Castlefield in 2013, by Ae Edge is licenced under CC BY 2.0

The Courteeners playing Castlefield in 2013, by Ae Edge is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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About Jenna Saville

I am a 21 year old Multimedia Journalism student at Manchester Metropolitan University. I enjoy drinking tea and watching Grey's Anatomy.
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