The first week of December started off in a brilliant fashion for music lovers, as winter storms and pre-Christmas sales were not the only things to be announced. On Monday, Noel Gallagher revealed that he would be returning to Heaton Park, Manchester, on Friday 7th June for the first time since 2009 when he performed one of his final shows with Oasis. With support coming from Doves and White Denim, the event must have even the most devoted Parka Monkey’s mouths watering. Tickets go on sale Friday 7th December at 10am and are sure to sell fast. Yet, there is no need to panic. Just as you thought you were going to miss out on the one off gig of the year, Noel announces four more huge 2019 dates across the UK.
The new dates span between May 24th and June 30th as the band land in Cardiff, Norwich, Dublin and Exeter as follows:
Cardiff – May 24th – Cardiff Castle – support from Gaz Coombes & Boy Azooga
Norwich (Sunday Sessions) – May 26th – Earlham Park – Line up includes Razorlight, The Coral + More
Dublin – June 16th – Malahide Castle – support from Doves, Blossoms & DMA’s
Exeter (Sunday Sessions) – June 30th – Powderham Castle – Line up includes The Charlatans, Reverend And The Makers, The Blinders + More
What initially comes across as most impressive from these announcements is not the awe-inspiring, grand venues that the band will be entering into, or the shear anticipation of a national icon returning to the stage. It is the astonishing calibre of the artists that Noel’s band will perform alongside. The likes of Doves, The Charlatans and The Coral have been some of the UK’s biggest guitar bands this side of the millennium. Furthermore, the rest of the bands on the bill capture a perfect slice of the nation’s current music scene, collating some of the most prestigious and well acclaimed artists in their genre. Indie-pop titans Blossoms, hazy-funk masters Boy Azooga, Brit-pop revivalists DMA’s, Indie-dance pioneers Reverend And The Makers and Dystopian rockers The Blinders all bring something different to the fine array of talent within these line ups.
The High Flying Birds are…well…flying high at the moment. After releasing their Mercury Prize nominated 3rd album ‘Who Built The Moon?’ Noel and his band have certainly established themselves as group. With this new development in style, they have escaped the vacuum of Oasis and firmly carved out their own unique style. Finally Noel has achieved what it seemed like he has wanted for a while, to be recognised for his own work and to be referred to as the lead singer of his own band and not “Ex-Oasis guitarist”.
It is clear that by attending one of these prestigious shows, you are not just witnessing one of the country’s greats, but you are sampling the wide-range of thriving talent that the UK has to offer. Those who are lucky enough to go are in for a treat!
Tickets for the shows all go on sale December 7th at 10 am apart from the Dublin show which is already on sale now.