Alt-J respond to Noel Gallagher’s criticism: ‘We’ve made it’

Band say it's 'a right of passage to be slagged off by Noel Gallagher'

Alt-J have responded to recent criticism from Noel Gallagher, stating that being insulted by the singer is “a rite of passage” and a sign that “they’ve made it”.

In a recent interview, Gallagher admitted that he is a fan of the Alt-J song ‘Left Hand Free’ but that he dislikes the band. “Alt-J can fuck right off as far as I’m concerned. It’s a great tune, and I paid 79 pence for it, but I am in no way a fan of Alt-J.” he said. Focusing in on what annoys him about the band the most, he added: “One of them’s got a moustache, and that’s unacceptable.”

Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Alt-J’s Gus Unger-Hamilton has revealed that the band see it as “a rite of passage to get a pasting from [Noel Gallagher]”.


Unger-Hamilton added: “Well, I think I said that we’d know we had made it when we were slagged off by Noel Gallagher, so there you go.”

Alt-J and Noel Gallagher will both be headlining this year’s Latitude festival. The line-up, which was announced yesterday, is also made up of third headliners Portishead, as well as The Vaccines, James Blake, Manic Street Preachers, Caribou, Wild Beasts and others.

Speaking about his upcoming performance, Noel Gallagher said: “Well not only have I never played at Latitude before, but I’ve never even been there, ever. So yes, I’m really looking forward to headlining the Festival on July 19.”

“We are hugely excited to return to Latitude for the third time. Playing there has always been so memorable,” Alt-J added. “Latitude has always supported us, and to go from playing the smaller stages to this means it will be a night of celebration.”