‘Superfan’ dad at 100th Courteeners’ concert

Clitheroe resident Paul Wright with The Courteeners. (s)
Clitheroe resident Paul Wright with The Courteeners. (s)

Most music fans will watch a handful of concerts by their favourite bands during their lifetime – that is unless you’re Clitheroe super fan Paul Wright.

The father-of-one from Low Moor recently went to see one of his all time favourite bands – The Courteeners – for the 100th time at a gig at Hull University. The icing on the cake for Paul (46) was being invited for an after show drink with the band.

Paul, who is originally from Barnoldswick and works for Rolls-Royce, became a fan of The Courteeners back in 2007 after hearing their debut single “Cavorting”.

“I’ve always liked music and going to gigs,” Paul explained.

“I’ve seen many bands and singers, including Morrissey, over 30 times. However, when I first heard The Courteeners debut
single I thought ‘I’ve got to check these out live’. They didn’t disappoint. The gigs have taken me to places I probably would neverhave gone to all over the UK and I’ve also seen them in Rome, Barcelona
 and Majorca.”

In May, 2012, Paul and his good friend Fergal Kinney launched a fan page on 
Facebook and Twitter called Courteeners We Stand to help spread the word on the band and their music. This now has more than 4,000 followers on Facebook and just over 3,000 on Twitter.

The band’s tour ended at the Echo arena in Liverpool this month with Paul – known as “Wrighty” to friends and The Courteeners – obviously in the audience.