Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds live @ The Marquee, 14 July 2015

The final evening of this year’s Live at The Marquee festival and another successful run of concerts comes to an end. The honour of bringing the curtain down this year falls to Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds with a little help from The Academic.

Mullingar’s latest offering to the Irish music scene The Academic are already no strangers to Live At The Marquee with a string of big support slots under their young belts. The pick of these possibly with The Pixies last summer. It’s easy to see why the Westmeath indie rock/pop four piece are one of the most talked about groups in the country.  With a string of catchy numbers such as ‘Why Can’t We Be Friends’ and ‘Bear Claw’ in the locker it’s hard to see why the excellent set closer ‘Different’ is the only track we get to hear on Irish airwaves.

Since he formed the band in 2011 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have struggled to step out of the Oasis shadow. This is a pity as they have released two very well received albums and have put together a live show to rival any of their contemporaries.

Opening with ‘Dream On’, ‘Everybody’s On The Run’ and new single ‘Lock On The Door’, proceedings get off to a very rock and roll start. It’s not until after song four ‘Heat Of The Moment’ that Noel decides to say hello to the sell out crowd. He also welcomes some fans that he recognises from recent shows in the UK. After asking sarcastically if  “Any of you were Oasis fans?” the band then launch into ‘Fade Away’ but this isn’t the only Oasis song of the night though as ‘Champagne Supernova’, ‘Whatever, ‘Masterplan’ and the set closer ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ all keep the Oasis fans happy.

Gallagher is at his usual quick witted best but maybe a little rude when dealing with a heckler who asks ‘Where is Liam?’ and requests ‘The Importance Of Being Idle’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0lPEFpoaUI. However he is far more light hearted when joking that the crowd have not exactly gone all out to get here, unlike a Korean girl who made herself known in the crowd.

Tracks like ‘ If I Had A Gun’, ‘Catch The Sun’ , ‘The Death Of You And Me’ and  ‘What A Life’ from The High Flying Birds catalogue all provide ample opportunity for fans of sing-along rock music to find their voices.

‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’  brings the show and the festival to a fitting close almost two decades after a lot of this older crowd, myself included, had seen it for the first time in Pairc Ui Chaoimh some 300 meters away.

Words by Anthony Kelly