TITP 2015: Noel Gallagher returns with his High Flying Birds
We take a look at the only artist to have played at T in the Park's three locations
The Rain, Oasis, Mojo Filters, High Flying Birds: Noel Gallagher’s aliases over the years are set to match the frequency of high-profile spats with brother Liam if he’s not careful. Still, have band: will travel – and he has, having appeared at innumerable festivals across the world. In fact, Gallagher's able to boast that he is the only person to have played at all three T in the Park locations: Strathclyde Country Park, Balado and Strathallan Castle. We take a look back at how his T in the Park career has fared against his actual career.
At the very first T in the Park, Noel performed with Oasis on the King Tut’s Sunday lineup. Fifth on the bill, they appeared below House of Pain, Whiteout and the future egghead du jour, Prof Brian Cox performing with ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ poppers, D:Ream who headlined the night. In the charts, Oasis’ first single ‘Supersonic’ had peaked at number 31 earlier in the year, quickly followed by debut album Definitely Maybe which fared significantly better, crashing the charts at number one: the fastest-selling British album at that time.
Oasis returned to T in the Park eight years later, this time as headliners of the Main Stage on Saturday night. Up against Basement Jaxx on the BBC Radio 1 / NME stage, they followed Primal Scream, Gomez and No Doubt. Gallagher was having a pretty good couple of years: Oasis were soaring with Heathen Chemistry, released in July, becoming the group’s fifth consecutive number one album. Singles ‘The Hindu Times’, ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’ and ‘Little by Little / She is Love’ peaked at numbers one and two respectively.
What a difference 10 years makes. Sibling quibbles came to a head in 2009, leading to the break-up of Oasis. Gallagher’s first T appearance sans Liam et al was with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in 2012, second on the bill to fellow Manc swaggers The Stone Roses on the Saturday night Main Stage. Back in the real world, Gallagher had been touring since October 2011 with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds after the release of their self-titled album. ‘Dream On’ reached number three in the UK indie charts, followed by ‘Everybody’s on the Run’ hitting number two later in the year. It’s no Oasis-level success, but at least it wasn’t Beady Eye (who failed to chart anywhere after 2011).
Gallagher will be headlining once again on Sunday night, up against The Prodigy and Stereophonics in what looks like a battle of nostalgia acts. NGHFB are still rolling on, and Gallagher has turned into a bit of an award collector: most recently receiving a Q Icon award in both 2011 and 2013 from Q magazine, as well as NME’s Godlike Genius Award in 2012 and the somewhat more credible Ivor Novello for Outstanding Song Collection in 2012. In March this year, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ Chasing Yesterday topped the charts.