Courteeners rev up Haigh crowds

Haigh Hall Live with The Courteeners
Haigh Hall Live with The Courteeners

THE sun was shining and the atmosphere was electric as Wigan’s most exciting gig since The Verve were in town took place last night.

Thousands of music lovers descended on Haigh Hall Country Park to watch festival favourites, The Courteeners belt out their most popular hits including Not Nineteen Forever and What Took You So Long.

Wirral warblers The Coral revved up the crowd as the special guests, along with indie rockers Cherry Ghost as an opening support act.

Opening with the aptly-named Goodbye, The Coral wowed their Wigan guests getting them going with tracks such as Jaqueline, She’s Coming Around and Pass It On.

They really came into their own when they belted out The Beatles’ She’s Got a Ticket To Ride and sang it note perfect.

Partygoer Steve Sheldon, from Newtown, said: “This is the biggest gig we have seen in Wigan. It’s going really well.

“I wasn’t sure if the organisers would pull it off, but they certainly have.” Chris Gallagher, from Westhoughton, added: “I’ve seen The Coral and The Courteeners many times, but to see them so close to home is fantastic.”

By 9pm, The Courteeners burst on stage opening with The Opener, followed by the crowd pleasing Cavorting and then Acrylic.

Before going launching into their faultless set, lead singer Liam Fray said: “I am feeling so relaxed, our sound check was amazing before and the weather is perfect.”

It was one gig not to be missed – the Middleton foursome rocked Haigh Hall leaving their Wigan fans wanting much, much more.