Noel Gallagher says he picks “the best people” rather than the best musicians for his touring band

He also thinks he's "got a pretty good judge of people"

Noel Gallagher has revealed how he picks musicians for his touring band, saying he focuses on the best people rather than the best musicians.

Gallagher is gearing up to perform at a series of festival dates over the summer, kicking off at Edinburgh Castle tonight before finishing at Bingley Music Live in Yorkshire on September 2.

Speaking to Absolute Radio, Gallagher said, “Personally I don’t go for the best musicians I go for the best people.

“So if we all get on if there would be some guy who’s the best fucking keyboard player in the world but was a bit of a knob. I’d rather go with a guy who’s less of a knob and a more average musician, so I’ve got a pretty good judge of people,” he continued. “I say you’re not here because you’re the best, I’m not the best in the world at anything do you know what I mean?

“We’re all here because we get on. This particular line up it’s already like a little kind of family so it’s been a pleasure, I mean we’ve been on the road since February. Every day’s been great, you put it together you just hope for the best do you know what I mean?”

You can see Gallagher’s full festival dates over the summer below. Check for tickets here.

19 July Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
21 July Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
30 Aug-1 Sept Electric Fields Festival, Dumfries & Galloway
1 Sept The Downs, Bristol
2 Sept Bingley Music Live, Yorkshire

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds hometown gig in Manchester will be broadcast on Absolute Radio with Danielle Perry at 7pm on July 26 and highlights of the gig can be watched here.

Earlier this month, Gallagher announced plans to release a new single featuring Johnny Marr.
‘If Law Is The Law’ is taken from his recent solo album ‘Who Built The Moon?’ and will be released digitally on August 17 followed by a vinyl release on September 14.