Liam Gallagher's Best Festival Moments

Liam Gallagher's Best Festival Moments


As You Were. The return of Manchester's prodigal son, the last bastion of Britpop bombast. After several years in self-proclaimed obscurity, twiddling his thumbs and keeping his presence known on Twitter, Liam Gallagher returned to the spotlight and the top of the charts where he rightly belongs.

His triumphant restoration to the hearts of the public has coincided with a slight change of approach from LG; over the years he's become far more vulnerable, honest, and empathetic, but his tongue is still just as sharp - especially when brother Noel is concerned.

Mancunians and fans of lad-rock alike can rejoice as a new documentary As It Was comes out this week, and a second solo album is in the pipeline (bluesy first single 'Shockwave' has already arrived) proving that this was not to be his swansong. 

Obnoxious, arrogant, but undeniably a living legend; with upcoming festival slots at Glastonbury, Pohoda, Metronome, Atlas Weekend, and Bilbao BBK, let's look back at the former Oasis frontman's best festival moments:


'Slide Away' at Glastonbury, 1995

 

Headlining at Worthy Farm only a year after their debut, Oasis rode the Britpop wave to the top of the world and remained there for years to come. Their first two albums Definitely Maybe and What's The Story Morning Glory? became overnight classics and both contain some of their most heartfelt, affecting, and enduring songs despite the brotherly banter and bravado. 'Slide Away' is without a doubt one of these songs.


'Acquiesce' at Maine Road, 1996

 

Ok, maybe not a traditional festival per se, more a concert. But, as die-hard Manchester City fans long before Mr Guardiola showed up, they returned to headline at their beloved football club's dilapidated ground for a supremely nostalgic affair. Treated like king's of the city, why not perform the song that encompasses the brothers' extremely close but extremely volatile relationship. The sibling rivalry remains, but at least at the time, they acquiesced. 


'Champagne Supernova' at Knebworth Park, 1996

 

With a developing infatuation with The Beatles, Oasis came close to emulating the Fab Four's colossal success; selling out two dates at 120,000 capacity Knebworth Park was unprecedented at the time. Even British legends like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd didn't achieve these heady heights. It was the moment in time where Oasis had established themselves as the UK's, if not the world's, biggest band. An epic rendition of 'Champagne Supernova' served as their encore to the mammoth set, providing the cherry to the top of their landmark success.


'Don't Look Back In Anger' at Glastonbury, 2017

 

Returning to the stage where he once headlined some years before (well, not the exact stage as it wasn't the Pyramid Stage) LG ended his comeback set with an acapella version of the track that first gave brother Noel a share of the limelight. A timeless classic, Gallagher intermittently handed the vocals over to the crowd who obviously knew each and every word, blaring them directly back at him. A touching moment, and in Liam's words, it was "biblical".


'Live Forever' at One Love Manchester, 2017

 

A poignant tribute to the lives lost in the atrocities that occurred in the Manchester attacks, London attacks, and the victims of Grenfell Tower, Liam Gallagher was introduced onstage by Coldplay's Chris Martin to perform Oasis's most perennial, heartfelt, and enduring song in 'Live Forever'. A song so entrenched with the notion of endless youth now took on a new meaning instigated by Manchester's own prodigal son; the lost souls of these horrifying moments in modern history will continue to live forever.


See which festivals Liam Gallagher is playing here.

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