Liam Gallagher made a secret appearance at Latitude festival 2018, surprising festival goers at the BBC Music Stege with a set merging Oasis hits with solo material.
The singer, who cancelled his forthcoming European tour yesterday citing an “unforseen change in recording schedule”, Tweeted a photo of the ‘Welcome To Suffolk’ sign hours before his appearance, prompting widespread rumour to pack the BBC Music tent.
Arriving onstage to football chants, Liam said “surprise surprise, ‘Rock’n’Roll Star’,” and launched into the Oasis classic before helicopter noises introduced ‘Morning Glory’, Liam telling the crowd “ain’t got much time” mid-song.
Powering into the grind rock of ‘Greedy Soul’, Gallagher crammed his limited time with crowd-pleasing moments, swathes of songs from his debut solo album ‘As You Were’ and good-natured crowd banter. “How’s it going from the other day, we all struggling still?” he asked ahead of the groove-laden ‘Wall Of Glass’, and dedicated ‘Bold’ to “all the nice people of Suffolk”. “Who did you think it was gonna be up on here then?” he asked the crowd before an acoustic led, Beatledelic ‘For What It’s Worth’.
“Any Oasis fans in the house? This ones for you,” he said, pile-driving into a glammed-up ‘Some Might Say’, before returning to the album for the languid chug of ‘I’ve All I Need’. “If you know this tune, sing along,” he requested as the acoustic intro to stand-alone 1994 Oasis single ‘Whatever’, then dedicated a mighty ‘Supersonic’ to “Laura, happy birthday”.
“Apparently you’re not allowed to bring booze into this gaff, right?” Liam joked as the band launched into ‘Cigarettes And Alcohol’ and then quietened the crowd to hear what the “nonsense” coming from the main stage was.
‘Wonderwall’ sparked the biggest singalong of the weekend so far, until Liam invited Latitude to join in with a final ‘Live Forever’.
The secret set is a tradition at Latitude – previous unannounced guests have included Thom Yorke and Ed Sheeran.