Noel Gallagher at The Piece Hall in Halifax – What happened?
Noel Gallagher took to the stage with his High Flying Birds in the beautiful historic grounds of Halifax’s most famous landmark. The Piece Hall was the perfect setting to host the boy from Burnage, and gave him a warm welcome, along with some pretty warm weather to boot.
With their summer tour drawing to a close, Halifax is their penultimate night before the band head to Bristol, and finally Glastonbury Festival at the weekend.
Kicking off the evening were indie four-piece Tribes, having reformed after their initial split in 2013. The guitar-heavy anthemically grungy set was the ideal warm-up for The Chief and his seven talented musicians, of whom former Oasis and Beady Eye Guitarist Gem Archer is a notable member.
Arriving on stage to rapturous applause and cheers from the sold-out crowd, the band began with a dynamic version of Fort Knox, followed by more recent EP releases from the last 18 months.
After forming in 2010 following the well-documented breakup of Oasis, the band has released three studio albums, a compilation album, and four EPs with their self-titled debut album topping the charts back in 2011.
This meant that along with Noel’s extensive Oasis back catalog the band were surely spoilt for choice when putting together the setlist. The set was a mixture of Oasis and High Flying Birds, with plenty of fan favourites thrown in, including Little By Little, The Importance of Being Idle, and Wonderwall.
Noel was his usual, snarly self, sharp as a knife and with expertly comedically timed quips which is what makes him so endearing to the male-dominated crowd, although the lad culture associated with 90’s Britpop has diminished somewhat due to the different direction of Noel’s current venture.
The set list was extensive and well thought through, notably ending in the ultimate singalong ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ which was a pretty fucking beautiful moment, to be honest, and capped off an unforgettable summer evening in Happy Valley.