Liam Gallagher: ‘One Direction are Beady Eye’s biggest competition’

Frontman reveals he sees rivalry with X Factor boyband

Liam Gallagher has said that he sees boyband One Direction as the biggest competition for his band, Beady Eye.

The group, who release new album ‘BE’ in June, are setting their expectations high with Gallagher stating that only One Direction standing between them and success. “Who’s my biggest competition? One Direction,” Gallagher said in an interview with BBC News. “I’m not into their music,” he says but adds that Harry Styles and co. are definitely “mad for it”.

Discussing the X Factor boyband further, Gallagher adds: “Fair play to them, man, they got lucky – like we all do, I guess – and they’re just going for it. That’s what it’s all about, innit? It’s all going to end at some point. And when it ends, you want to make sure you’ve ticked all the boxes.”

Liam Gallagher has previously claimed that Beady Eye will perform on the upcoming series of The X Factor. Although the former Oasis frontman had previously branded the show as “annoying”, he said that he had agreed to play live on the TV talent contest to capitalise on its large audience and promote the band’s new album ‘BE’, which is set for release on June 10. “We’re doing X Factor, I think it’s to be on one of the live shows,” he said. “I don’t care man, we’re rock ‘n’ roll stars and you can’t argue that’s a huge audience. You have to take that opportunity.”

Beady Eye will play live at Manchester Ritz on June 19 before heading to London for a show at Camden Centre on June 20. The short stint will then come to a close in Glasgow at the ABC on June 22. The band have lined up festival slots at V Festival, Benicassim and T In The Park this summer.