Noel Gallagher winging way to Leeds and Kendal Calling
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds might still be hitting the heights after notching up their second chart-topping album just over a year ago, but they don't wing their way this far north very often.
The band, formed by Gallagher in 2010 after Oasis, his previous band, split up the year before, have only played in the North East once, at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena in February 2012.
They can be seen elsewhere in the north twice in the next few months, however, in Leeds in April and at this year’s Kendal Calling festival in the summer, as well as in Liverpool, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
They’re on at the West Yorkshire city’s First Direct Arena on Wednesday, April 27, and at the Cumbrian festival over the last weekend of July.
Tickets for their Leeds show, with Super Furry Animals supporting, cost £41 or £78.25, and weekend passes for Kendal Calling, at Lowther Deer Park, cost £135. For details, go to www.firstdirectarena.com, www.kendalcalling.co.uk or www.noelgallagher.com
Other acts on the bill for Kendal Calling include drum-and-bass outfit Rudimental, pop veterans Madness and indie rockers the Charlatans, along with Catfish and the Bottlemen, Ash, Everything Everything, Band of Skulls, the Hives, We are Scientists, the Darkness, Blossoms, Ratboy and Craig David.
Viola Beach, the Cheshire indie rock band killed in a car crash in Sweden earlier this month, were also due to appear.
Kendal Calling founder Ben Robinson said: “My first gig in a field was at Loch Lomond watching Oasis 20 years ago. That moment defined my youth and calling in the years to follow.
“Noel’s songwriting has soundtracked the lives of millions over the last two decades. It’s with great pride that we’re able to bring those anthems and his new hits to the fields of Kendal Calling.
“Alongside Rudimental, Madness, the Charlatans and the rest of the bill, it’s going to be another weekend to remember.”
Chasing Yesterday, Gallagher’s second post-Oasis album, was also his second No 1 LP, following the band’s self-titled 2011 debut.
They have also hit the singles chart’s top 20 twice, with The Death of You and Me, a No 15, and AKA ... What a Life!, a No 20, both in 2011.
Five singles have been lifted from last February’s Chasing Yesterday, the most successful of them, In the Heat of the Moment, reaching No 26 in November 2014.
Besides Manchester-born frontman and guitarist Gallagher, 48, the High Flying Birds consist of fellow guitarist Tim Smith, pianist Mike Rowe, drummer Jeremy Stacey and bassist Russell Pritchard.
Their 2012 Newcastle show was Gallagher’s first in the region since Oasis’s final tour stopped off at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in June 2009.
This year’s Kendal Calling festival, starting on Thursday, July 28, will be the 11th altogether and the eighth to be held at Lowther Deer Park, near Penrith.