At a time when live music remains off the menu with the current pandemic forcing venues to close their doors, the thought of thousands of people filling up the fields of Worthy Farm for a major singalong feels like nothing but a distant and hopeful memory. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t add an element of nostalgia to our weekend through the medium of Far Out’s From The Vault section.
Liam Gallagher, who took to the stage as part of Glastonbury 2017 with some criticism surrounding the health of his singing voice, dramatically silenced the doubters with a career-spanning set which rolled back the years for one of Manchester’s favourite sons. While the show was met by wide celebration, it was marred by the memory of tragedy which had recently dominated the UK. In the months that proceeded Glastonbury, many lives had been taken as a result of terror attacks in both Manchester and London as well as the tragic Grenfell Tower disaster.
The former Oasis frontman, with those tragedies fresh in his consciousness, delivered a powerful hour-long set on The Other Stage during Saturday afternoon, playing iconic singles from his former band as well as new material from his forthcoming solo album As You Were. However, it was his rendition of ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ that really pulled on the heartstrings.
The single, which was originally released during the 1995 album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, is normally performed by Liam’s brother, Noel, when the band play together. However, as the track became synonymous with a fan reaction to the Manchester terror attack, Liam took the opportunity to play the number a cappella with the heavy support of the major crowd ahead of him.
“I want to dedicate this next song to all the people who were killed in the Manchester and London terror attacks and in the Grenfell Fire, so if you know the words join in,” he told the crowd.
Below, listen to the full audio and view some of the fan footage.