Under the watchful eye of Drumlarig Castle, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds welcomed a sure crowd of 8,000 this weekend at Electric Fields marking it as the largest audience the festival has seen to date. Gallagher was one of over one hundred performers this weekend at the 5thAnniversary of the festival. Electric Fields started off as a one-day festival at Drumlarig near Thornhill in Southern Scotland and has significantly grown over the past 5 years with this year’s being the largest to date. Known as a family-friendly festival, the whole weekend is the perfect place to take the family for the afternoon.
The festival goers experienced headline performances from Manchester rock band, James, on the Thursday night, followed by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds taking centre stage on Friday, and finishing the weekend with London Electronic duo, Leftfield. With other big names shaping the rest of the line-up for the weekend including American Singer-Songwriter, Ezra Furman, known for his gender-bending outfits as well as English rock band, The Coral, the whole line-up was made to please everyone. At £135 for the whole weekend, the festival doesn’t compare on the scale of other Scottish festivals such as TRSMT and T in The Park, but in terms of crowd-pleasing it certainly didn’t fail to compete with that. With tributes flying around the festival to Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchinson who passed away earlier this year the feeling of unity amongst the Scots certainly seemed strong across the whole site.
Gallagher and his Birds captivated the audience with an 18-track set list that encompassed old and new. Setting most of his performance around his own tracks including ‘It’s A Beautiful World’ taken from his latest album which was released last November. However, in true Gallagher style, the band couldn’t help but give the fans exactly what they wanted. It’s pretty known how much the Gallagher brothers fight over the rights to who’s allowed to perform what Oasis songs, but either way you can be rest assured if you’re seeing a Gallagher brother, ya gonna be treated to at least one! With renditions of ‘Wonderwall’, ‘Little By Little’ and ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ to please the ever-so dedicated fans, it was the set-ending performance of a cover of The Beatles ‘All You Need Is Love’ that stole the show.
With soars in the audience this year, it’s an exciting time for the team at Electric Fields who were ‘delighted’ with the response to this year’s line-up. “What we intended to do this year was make it a really big birthday celebration that we could be proud of” and that’s certainly what they achieved. Who knows whether next year’s festival will go ahead and exceed this year’s success, we’ll certainly be keeping our eyes peeled over to what’s to come at Drumlarig Castle.
Didn’t manage to make it to Electric Fields? You can catch all of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds performance on Youtube.