Noel Gallagher: ‘I can’t live in a world where Ed Sheeran is headlining Wembley’

Gallagher says he doesn't see music scene changing for another decade

Noel Gallagher has expressed his dismay at the fact Ed Sheeran will play three gigs at Wembley Stadium later this year.

As confirmed last year, Sheeran will play a trio of dates at the 80,000 capacity London stadium in July. Two of the dates were added due to popular demand.

However, Gallagher is not happy this is happening. As he tells NME in the cover feature of this week’s issue, which is on newsstands from tomorrow and available digitally, “I don’t think I can live in a world where that’s even possible. When you hear that kind of polished pop and then there’s a ginger guy with a fucking guitar it seems subversive, but it’s fucking not.”


Gallagher goes on to give his evaluation of the current music scene, painting a bleak picture.

He said: “It’s a strange time, and it seems like the whole thing is embedded for good now, for fucking forever. It’s not all over, but it’ll go back to the way it was in the early ‘80s where indie bands are the alternative thing, the lower level. In the early ‘80s everyone at indie labels, even major labels, were trying to push this music to the fore because everything else was shit, and maybe it’ll happen again, but I don’t see it for the next decade.”

Noel Gallagher: Everything we know about his new album ‘Chasing Yesterday’

Earlier this week Gallagher revealed his new single ‘Ballad Of The Mighty I’ and reiterated his desire to play Glastonbury in June, suggesting that he might take his guitar and play regardless of whether he is officially booked for the festival or not.

Gallagher’s upcoming record ‘Chasing Yesterday’ will be his second solo studio album and features his new single ‘In The Heat Of The Moment’. Johnny Marr features on the track ‘The Ballad Of Mighty I’.

The full tracklisting is:


‘In The Heat Of The Moment’
‘The Girl With X-Ray Eyes’
‘Lock All The Doors’
‘The Dying Of The Light’
‘The Right Stuff’
‘While The Song Remains The Same’
‘The Mexican’
‘You Know We Can’t Go Back’
‘Ballad Of The Mighty I’

Gallagher will play a series of UK tour dates to support the album’s release next year, starting with a gig at Belfast Odyssey Arena on March 3 and finishing with a show at London O2 Arena on March 10. The full dates are:

Belfast Odyssey Arena (March 3)
Dublin 3 Arena (4)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (6)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (7)
Manchester Arena (9)
London O2 Arena (10)

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