Gig Review: The Courteeners at Southampton O2 Guildhall

Courteeners

The Courteeners came to Southampton O2 Guildhall on the 11th November 2016 on their Mapping the Rendezvous Album tour. With Indie Pop Band-Clean Cut Kid supporting the gig was larger than life to say the least…

Courteeners

The Courteeners

Despite the small crowd; around thirty people tops gathered around the stage, Clean Cut Kid started things off. The band played really well getting into the music even though they weren’t performing to many. Also their hair game is on point! The lead singer supporting the longest bushiest beard I have ever seen and the band’s bassist Sol sporting gorgeous flowing hair, which could be mistaken for Rapunzel’s- we spoke to Sol last week! Check the EXCLUSIVE interview out here: https://nervemedia.org.uk/nerve/nerve-entertainment-exclusive-interview-with-clean-cut-kids-saul-godman/ 

Clean Cut Kid

Clean Cut Kid

There was a long gap between the end of the supporting act and The Courteeners coming on stage; but in that time the size of the crowd increased tenfold. As the England vs. Scotland football match had just begun, the football ‘lads’ dominated the centre of the room bringing out the chants early on. The band kicked off the night with Not for Tomorrow getting the crowd going.

The band followed with Modern Love and Are You in Love with a Notion? The moshes in the middle of the crowd were unexpected but the fans didn’t seem to care throwing themselves into the middle. The fans were actually the highlight of the gig for me. Courteeners have some of the most passionate fans I have seen in a gig setting, going crazy like they are at a festival. There were people attempting to create human towers with four people on each other’s shoulders being screamed at by security to get down. Towards the end of the gig, with about three songs left the first smoke flare was set off filling the front of the crowd with bright red smoke creating a crowd up to the ceiling, spurring on the mosh to go crazier. Then during Take over the World a second flare was set off with a blue cloud of smoke filling the air. Security were going crazy searching the crowd for the culprit but everyone was jumping around that the hunt was useless.

A flare goes off...

A flare goes off…

The Courteeners

The Courteeners

Liam Fray Solo Acoustic Set

Liam Fray Solo Acoustic Set

Courteeners are another band that has limited interaction with their audience. The lead singer only talked to the audience once beyond introducing the songs. Though he did take the stage alone for a mini set that was flawless, just Liam Fray and a guitar was brilliant.

Overall, they played a great set and had a great night, plus I was kept up with the football score. Congrats England on the 3-0 score.