Former Oasis man headlines the Suffolk event
“Someone told me the backstage pass is a copy of today’s Guardian,” he said ahead of playing a country version of Oasis’ ‘Fade Away’, the fourth song after opening his set with ‘Everybody’s On The Run’ from the band’s self-titled 2011 debut and ‘Lock All The Doors’ and ‘In The Heat Of The Moment’ from this year’s ‘Chasing Yesterday’. His tongue-in-cheek digs at the newspaper continued throughout the set.
He dedicated Oasis’ ‘Champagne Supernova’ to “all the Guardian writers at the back strung out on some really good rosé, this is called ‘Champagne Socialist’” and introduced ‘Talk Tonight’ in a posh accent, quipping “or, as a Guardian reader might say, ‘We fucking need to talk, man’”.
Gallagher was in talkative mood throughout, introducing ‘Riverman’ by commenting on the size of his brass player’s saxophone. “Look at the size of the saxophone on this feller,” he said, adding, “Anybody else got a saxophone that big?” When an audience member replied, he continued the penis metaphor: “But you can’t have, you’re a girl”.
Later, before playing 1994 Oasis single ‘Whatever’, he engaged in more front row banter, spotting someone with an unspecified animal in the crowd and demanding “Kill it! On television, kill an animal in front of the middle classes. If you don’t I’ll kick its face in. You’re all farmers, you kill animals for a living. And rightly so, I love a bit of meat.”
Then, before ‘The Mexican’ he asked the audience: “Is it true they don’t let scousers into this festival? Are there any Mexicans here?” Addressing someone in the front row he continued, “No way, you’re fucking ginger. A ginger Mexican is rarer than a unicorn.”
When a crowd member cried out for ‘Live Forever’, Gallagher replied “A duet? Me and you? Are you on the brown acid? I’m just humouring this bloke so he buys a T-shirt. If you go to the merchandise stall and buy everything with my name on it, me and you will do ‘Live Forever’. And I mean all of it, even the shit girls’ T-shirts”.
The guitarist then played ‘The Masterplan’, calling it “another B-side that became a classic. There won’t be any of them in the future.”
Other dedications during the set included Gallagher sending out ‘If I Had A Gun’ to “the coolest person at the festival – not Nicky Wire, my wife. This is for you, Dave” and Oasis B-side ‘Half The World Away’ to “the Royal Family. Not the Nazi-sympathising Windsors, the fictional northern Royle Family, danke shon.”
Concocting a set around solo singles such as ‘The Death Of You And Me’, ‘AKA… What A Life!’ and ‘Dream On’ and rarer Oasis tracks, including a rocked-up take on ‘Digsy’s Dinner’, he closed the 90-minute set with a huge singalong of ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, letting the crowd singing the first two choruses.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds played:
‘Everybody’s On The Run’
‘Lock All The Doors’
‘In The Heat Of The Moment’
‘The Death Of You And Me’
‘You Know We Can’t Go Back’
‘If I Had A Gun…’
‘Half The World Away’
‘AKA… What A Life!’
‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’
Earlier in the day, The DMA’s had impressed the tiny Alcove Tent with Oasis-style tracks such as ‘Lay Down’ and ‘Selling Out’, Rat Boy entertained a solid crowd with his Jamie T-inspired rap songs including ‘Carry On’ and Bad Breeding roamed the crowd playing their furious punk. Stornoway’s set at the Other Voices stage was hugely over-subscribed, with the band playing songs such as ‘The Road You Didn’t Take’, ‘Fuel Up’ and ‘I Saw You Blink’ to a capacity crowd, with hundreds crammed outside the perimeter for a glimpse.
In the main arena Warpaint delivered a set including ‘Undertow’ and La Roux drew a huge crowd to the 6Music stage for an upbeat disco set featuring ‘Tropical Chancer’, ‘In For The Kill’, ‘Uptight Downtown’ and ‘Kiss And Not Tell’. “It’s a lovely day and we’ve come to make it dark,” said singer Elly Jackson.
On the main Obelisk Arena stage, Manic Street Preachers preceded Noel Gallagher with a rousing greatest hits set opening with ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ and going on to include ‘From Despair To Where’, ‘You Love Us’, ‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’, ‘Everything Must Go’ and ‘A Design For Life’.
The band interspersed the hits with tracks from recent album ‘Futurology’ including ‘Sex, Power, Love And Money’ and ‘Walk Me To The Bridge’. Nicky Wire dedicated ‘Jackie Collins Existential Question Time’ to “the genius Mr Richard Edwards, may your words travel the universe” and closed the set saying “enjoy Noel, he’s on fucking fire”.