Despite the celebratory nature of the evening, the gig is not without its hiccups. A lengthy technical issue results in a stoppage, but the band take advantage of the lull in proceedings to deliver an unplanned solo run-through of 'Open Book' highlight 'Joanna'. Despite a heavy dose of new material, the band's debut full-length 'I Am An Island' is still present and tracks like 'Half The Things' provide some of the set's high points.
A chaotic singalong of 'Always' brings the curtain down on the main set and the band are visibly taken aback by the outpouring of appreciation. The encore kicks in with a second solo offering, this time in the form of 'James' from the debut album.
'I Like Not Knowing' provides another dip into the band's history, before they close on 'Charm School'; a new cut but already a firm classic in the band's canon. Having caught Fatherson live on a number of occasions, it's delightful to see them firmly on the radar and tonight's sizeable crowd spills out into the Manchester streets after seeing one of Scotland's brightest live acts take the step up to sold out British audiences.