TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow Green, June 30
Liam Gallagher’s headline set at Glasgow’s TRNSMT festival was brought to a standstill last night when one overzealous punter scaled the rigging by the sound desk, prompting the former Oasis frontman to urge him to, “Jump, you shitbag – we’ve got a gig to do.” When the fan in question refused to come down – and instead climbed all the way up to the top of the mast – Gallagher’s patience finally expired: “I ain’t got time for no Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds fan,” he shrugged, before restarting ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’. It was the only hiccup in a night of otherwise plain sailing for Liam, who’s currently on a roll following his appearance at Isle of Wight last weekend, not to mention Friday night’s engagement at Finsbury Park.
The setlist, to the surprise of absolutely no-one, skewed heavily towards Oasis, with a live video feed showing Gallagher swaggering through the artist’s area on his way to the stage, set to the strains of ‘Fucking in the Bushes’. He then barrelled into ‘Rock n’ Roll Star’ and ‘Morning Glory’, and as the riotous Glaswegian crowd lustily sang every word back at him, for a brief, improbable moment, everything seemed… well, as it was.
Certainly, Liam Gallagher, festival headliner, is not something that anyone who recalls the ignominious, no-fucks-given dumpster fire of the Beady Eye years would have put money on seeing again. Nevertheless, the success of his 2017 solo debut ‘As You Were’ has brought him a lot of goodwill – not to mention the indulgence of a crowd who gamely sang along to ‘Greedy Soul’ and ‘Wall of Glass’.
The second half of the set, meanwhile, is basically weaponised: the Liam-iest of Liam-sung Oasis classics (‘Listen Up’, ‘Slide Away’, ‘Some Might Say’, et al) delivered with a renewed snarl and purpose. It’s a welcome reminder that the man who actually wrote these songs was only 50% of the magic formula that made them so timeless: Liam has a valid claim of ownership, too, and by the time he’s done, he’s stomped his desert-booted mark all over them.
The most affecting moment, however, comes during a stripped-back ‘Live Forever’, which he dedicated to a Scottish fan named James who recently passed away (“I had a look on Twitter and they wanted us to do ‘Little James’, but we don’t know how that one goes,” he says by way of apology). Along with the inevitable-but-evergreen ‘Wonderwall’, it caps off a 90-minute set that puts Liam Gallagher back where he should be: on top of the world, and loving every minute of it.
Liam Gallagher played:
‘Wall Of Glass’
‘For What It’s Worth’
‘Bring It On Down’
‘I’ve All I Need’
‘Some Might Say’
‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’
‘D’Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman?’