Manchester Arena will host Courteeners in April 2018 as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album St. Jude.

Originally released in April 2008, St. Jude charted at no 4 in its first week and went on to win the inaugural Guardian First British Album award, beating albums by Duffy, Adele and Glasvegas. The record saw Courteeners present to the world outside a first set of songs that perfectly soundtracked modern life in the UK. Lead track Not Nineteen Forever has amassed over 20 million streams on Spotify alone.

To celebrate the ten year anniversary of the album, Courteeners are releasing a fully re-recorded version of the album dubbed St. Jude Re:Wired and performing two massive Manchester Arena and Royal Albert Hall shows.

Speaking about their celebration plans, Liam Fray commented “We were looking for a way to mark the 10 year anniversary of the release of St. Jude… we thought it might be worth at least raising a little glass to celebrate the fact that we’re still here. I’d been out on an acoustic tour this autumn, re-working and revisiting tunes from the back catalogue, stripping them back, bigging them up and experimenting with some different interpretations. The string section were incredible and unknowingly nudged me into unlocking something special. I loved revisiting all the old songs and putting a new twist on them. So, the day after the final date of the tour, I gingerly prised myself out of bed, booked a studio, rang the band, brought in some string-players and we ‘re-did’ St. Jude in a few days. And it sounds fucking brilliant.”

Where and when do Courteeners play in Manchester?

Courteeners’ Manchester gig takes place at Manchester Arena on 7 April.  They also play a Teenage Cancer Trust show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 23 March.

The dates follow Liam Fray’s recent solo acoustic tour which stopped off at Manchester’s Albert Hall.

When are tickets for Courteeners’ Manchester gig at Manchester Arena on sale?

Tickets for Courteeners performing at Manchester Arena go on sale at 9am on Friday 15 December.

St. Jude Re:Wired is due for release on 6 April 2018.