Emerging to the sound of Flower of Scotland performed by a bagpiper, The Courteeners played a show of a lifetime in Glasgow (24 November).
“Thanks for the best show” were the words left ringing in the ears of 12,000 Courtneers fans at the weekend. And what a show it was.
From the queues straight into the heart of the concert hall, the atmosphere was electric with fans desperate to see the Mancunian rockers take the stage.
Before any good gig, the support act has the tough job of getting everyone ready for the main event. But, with hometown hero, Gerry Cinnamon taking the stage the crowd was ready for a party.
The moment Cinnamon bounced onto the stage to a sea of “taps aff” the riotous Glasgow crowd lived up to their reputation. Going through his much-loved songs including Lullaby, Sometimes, What Have You Done? and Fortune Favours the Bold – it was Belter that sent flares flying, jackets… and shoes.
Dont be scared 2 leave urself open pic.twitter.com/I45HMey9JU
— GERRY CINNAMON (@GerryCinnamon) November 25, 2018
“No pyro, no party” was Cinnamons response to the pandemonium, releasing a roar of cheers across the Hydro. You’ve heard of the Hampden roar? Cinnamon has introduced the Hydro roar.
Looking around the venue was, literally, jumping with everyone singing their hearts out. It won’t be long before Cinnamon is selling out this very venue as the headline act.
Bonny is literally burning.
The main event
And the fire continued for The Courteeners. Frontman Liam Fray and crew blasted into their set with Are You in Love with a Notion, Cavorting and How Good it Was to the enthusiasm of the thousand strong crowd.
Bringing an eclectic mix of old and new tracks, it was one song in particular that had the floor of the Hydro trembling. Coming back for an encore, the crowd went wild for Modern Love before a release of blue and red flares from punters for Not Nineteen Forever.
A mixture of teenagers, 20-somethings, 30-somethings, and above: we’re not all nineteen forever but the crowd partied like they were on Saturday.
Continuing on their stretch of the tour, Liam enthused that, yes, Glasgow pulled it out of the bag.