The sunshine is shining, Manchester city center is as busy as usual, and Noel Gallagher is back in town! What more could you wish for? With his third High Flying Bird’s album, ‘Who Built The Moon’ being released November of last year and it’s mixed reviews from both fans and critics alike, Noel and Co definitely put all those worries to bed with the performance!
Being the only hometown gig on the tour, Noel was welcomed to a virtually sold-out arena. His fans eager for his return since his performance last September during the re-opening of the arena. Opening with ‘Fort Knox’, Gallagher was joined on stage with backing vocalist, YSÉE, who is absolutely phenomenal! From the second she started singing the crowd stood and cheered on.
Thankfully I was down towards the front throughout the entire gig, so everyone was happily jumping up and down, singing along to the likes of ‘Holy Mountain.’ But the atmosphere continued to grow stronger as the set continued, ‘Dream On’, ‘Little by Little’ and ‘AKA… What A Life’ were all crowd favourites. Noel finished his set with a cover of ‘All You Need is Love’, dedicating it to his two sons who were also at the gig, cute! You can click here to see the full setlist.
So, without sounding too biased, as I’m a massive fan of both Gallaghers! The gig was spectacular! From the visuals to the atmosphere! There were very few flaws in the performance, if not any. But I mean, do we expect anything less from the man who describes himself as a Godlike Genius? Absolutely not!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Noel Gallagher gig without any Oasis songs too! ‘Wonderwall’, ‘Half The World Away’ and ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ but to name a few. And with it almost being a year on since the Manchester Bombing, hearing Don’t Look Back in Anger was an incredibly emotional song to experience live. Especially from within the venue itself. Realising the song has become more of a stance against hate, the entire arena sang their hearts out. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
Despite criticisms and fans turning against him since the recent rise of Liam, Noel has proven that he still has the charisma and talent that he had all them years ago when Oasis first started. Noel’s gig won’t ever be as lively as Liam’s, that’s just a fact. But by no means does that define if a gig is good or not. With this being my third time seeing Noel I can honestly say that he’s yet to let me down or disappoint me with his performance. There’s no sign he’s willing to slow down anytime soon. If anything, it feels like Noel never left town in the first place.