Gig review: Radio X Road Trip featuring The Courteeners at O2 Academy Leeds

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The Courteeners kicked off their autumn tour with a typically raucous gig that simply whetted the appetite for the rest of their forthcoming dates.

The Manchester band are to play at least 17 sold-out dates before the end of the year and it was no surprise that their latest trip to Leeds hit all the right notes.

The Courteeners at O2 Academy Leeds. Picture Hannah Woollaston

The Courteeners at O2 Academy Leeds. Picture Hannah Woollaston

As part of the Radio X Road Trip with Chris Moyles, the gig featured an appearance on stage with the Leeds-born DJ before the Courteeners emerged.

For whatever reason, the sight of Moyles did not impress the crowd and one reveller hit him full on in the face by a plastic glass full of beer.

In fairness to Moyles, he took it in his stride and it was not long ago before the Courteeners were strutting their stuff.

They opened with Are You in Love With a Notion?, which was followed by the brilliant Cavorting, lapped up adoringly by the 2,500-strong crowd.

“Cav-or-ting, and snor-ting, your way, through the band,” belted out frontman Liam Fray, sending the revellers into a frenzy.

But the pace did not drop and the rest of their finest songs were given an airing, such as No You Didn’t, No You Don’t and Not Nineteen Forever.

The Courteeners will play a staggering seven dates in Manchester in December, so there are ample opportunities to hop across the Pennines and see them again in the coming weeks.

Actually getting your hands on a ticket might not prove so easy, though.

Gig date: November 23

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