Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds | Review
The SSE Arena, Belfast • 09 May ’18
By Emer Dooris • Photos Tremaine Gregg
One man and his guitar rocked Belfast on Wednesday night and it wasn’t Ed Sheeran. Noel Gallagher returned to the SSE Arena and truly knocked the socks off the crowd.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds emerged onto the stage surrounded by a halo of lights and sound breaking into a set list of songs from the Who Built the Moon album, as well as High Flying Birds and Chasing Yesterday. The band covered some personal favourites including ‘It’s a Beautiful World’, ‘She Taught Me How to Fly’ and ‘Holy Mountain’.
But the setlist for the Stranded on the Earth World Tour also had a healthy dose of Oasis covers including ‘Little by Little’, ‘Half the World Away’ and ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ these classic anthems were soaked up and cherished by the crowd, with a singalong, cheers, jeers and even some tears. Come on we all want to see the Gallagher brothers reunion someday soon don’t we?
The band brought life to the stage through colourful psychedelic audiovisuals, lasers and a trio of brass and of course amazing guitar riffs. As noted rather scornfully by Liam Gallagher, they even played the ‘scissors’ but I didn’t see anyone peeling potatoes tonight.
It was an unusual set to review; as in, there is something so comforting and familiar about the Oasis classics and Noel’s voice, struts and pouts. Yet the Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds band are in a different league they are new fresh, futuristic, and French!
Overall, as well as being a visual masterpiece, Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds blew me away.