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Glastonbury 2022 [no label, 1CD]

Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK; June 25, 2022. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Thanks to smiler40 for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

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Gwilym Mumford,

Four songs into an underpowered Pyramid set, Noel Gallagher comes clean. “I’m going to play a few more tunes that you don’t give a shit about. They’re for me. But if you stick around, after that there’s going to be a lot of very happy people in bucket hats.”

The relief is audible. Earlier, some particularly hopeful festivalgoers had been overheard speculating about whether this set was in fact a smokescreen for Glastonbury’s white whale, a Pyramid stage Oasis reunion. That was never a going concern, of course - indeed, if anything, the positioning of this set felt like Noel sticking two fingers up to his brother, after Liam’s own massive shows earlier this summer. “You’re going to headline Knebworth, are you? Well how about I play the Pyramid stage directly before our mutual musical hero Paul McCartney instead? Beat that.”

But Noel also has a pretty decent understanding of how the Pyramid works. “The main stage isn’t your crowd, it’s a Glastonbury crowd,” he said in an interview ahead of this set. And a Glastonbury crowd at 7.30pm on a Saturday wants a massive pre-Macca singalong. So Noel obliges in the second half of his set with what is essentially an Oasis starter kit. Supported by his High Flying Birds regulars Gem Archer, Mike Rowe and Chris Sharrock, as well as some soulful backing singers and a smattering of horns, he launches into his top-tier material.

Little By Little is first up, immediately causing people to pile on to acquaintance’s shoulders. A fug of pyro smoke in various primary colours ascends above the crowd and stays there for the rest of the set. Then it’s The Importance of Being Idle, prompting a mass Rhys Ifans jig. Then Whatever, given a nice brassy arrangement, then Wonderwall – which Noel barely needs to sing a word to, such is the din emanating from in front of him. When he does seize the initiative back from the audience for that song’s final chorus, he underlines how well his voice has held up over the years, certainly when compared to other members of the Gallagher household.

Half the World Away and Stop Crying Your Heart Out - the latter dedicated to Liverpool fans he had already goaded with a massive Manchester City flag on his speaker stack - arrive in quick succession and Noel is even able to indulge in perhaps his only truly top tier High Flying Birds track, AKA… What a Life!, without too much audience dissent. But everyone on stage and off it, knows what they’re here for and there’s time for one final singalong, Don’t Look Back in Anger.

“Enjoy the big man when he comes on… he’s got a few tunes,” Noel says drolly before he departs. Macca’s not the only one.

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Track 01. Fort Knox/Holy Mountain 8:21
Track 02. It’s A Beautiful World 5:48
Track 03. She Taught Me How to Fly 5:08
Track 04. We’re On Our Way Now 4:54
Track 05. Black Star Dancing 4:50
Track 06. Dead In The Water 5:28
Track 07. Little By Little 4:42
Track 08. The Importance Of Being Idle 3:34
Track 09. Whatever 4:17
Track 10. Wonderwall 4:15
Track 11. Half The World Away 4:10
Track 12. Stop Crying Your Heart Out/AKA… What A Life 9:15
Track 13. Don’t Look Back In Anger 6:26
72 mins

Track 14. interview 4:25

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  1. 12 Responses to “NOEL GALLAGHER - GLASTONBURY 2022”

  2. Rumor has it Noel gots a Average Un

    By U L E on Jul 26, 2022

  3. What’s average???

    By Dic eee Butts on Jul 26, 2022

  4. Who starts these rumors?

    By Jocko P on Jul 26, 2022

  5. Many thanks Big0. Hey Noel, I was a City fan before you were even born!

    By Derrick & the Dominos on Jul 26, 2022

  6. Looks like Lil U takes it up Derrick’s ass.

    By Ted on Jul 26, 2022

  7. Twernt me above not gay any more

    By U L E on Jul 26, 2022

  8. Who’s this old bozo?

    By Bollockbrain on Jul 27, 2022

  9. Last one twernt me nuther fake

    By U L E on Jul 27, 2022

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    By Roberto on Aug 26, 2022

  11. Gallagher cracked me up when he smash the pumpkin with a axe

    By Derrick on Aug 27, 2022

  12. Last one twernt me nuther fake. I’m still very gay

    By HHH on Oct 14, 2022

  13. Last one twernt me nuther fake. I’m still very bi

    By Derrick on Oct 14, 2022

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