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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at Rock n Roll Circus, Town Moor, 09/06/22

An incredible new event set up camp on the fields of Town Moor on the 9th and 11th of June. Rock n Roll Circus offered a huge red and white tent containing 8 exciting names, including The Libertines, The Charlatans, Andrew Cushin and DMA’s, bordered by a host of local food and drink purveyors to keep festival goers fuelled. What made the event particularly wacky was the circus performers towering on stilts amongst the crowd and soaring through the air in airborne acrobatic routines between sets. There was truly something for everyone.

None other than Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds headlined night one of the festival - no mean feat for an event in its first year. As someone who grew up with two OG Oasis fans as parents and inherited their love for the Gallagher brothers, it was somewhat surreal to see Noel saunter onto the stage like it was no big deal. It was as if he was a cardboard cutout, his hair just as immaculate in real life.

I’d never seen so many people onstage at a gig: backing singers, a brass section, a keyboardist, and even Le Volume Courbe - the artist who provided the original French spoken word section of ‘It’s a Beautiful World’ - joined the stage. While the same can’t necessarily be said about his brother, Noel’s vocals are as strong as ever, tackling all of his greatest hits with ease.

The biggest treat, however, was his solo renditions of some Oasis favourites - a personal highlight was when he dedicated ‘Half the World Away’ to “the real Royle family”. Newcastle United fans weren’t best pleased when Noel sang ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’ to them, though, as the Manchester City flag he brought on stage was lit up. He ended the set with ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, and there was an exhilarating sense of unity as the crowd belted out the vocals so loud that it drowned out the music. With his music old and new, Noel Gallagher is still capturing hearts.

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