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Monday 18 December 2017

Review: Liam Gallagher @ The Brighton Centre

With tickets for his Brighton Centre show sold out in minutes and a number one solo album packed with top quality tunes, Liam Gallagher is at the toppermost of the poppermost.

From before the opening beats of the familiar Oasis intro track Fuckin' in the Bushes, the atmosphere at the cavernous local venue was highly charged, with a sea of fans squashed against the metal barrier at the front, shouts of 'Liam, Liam', Parka Monkeys (as Liam calls 'em) everywhere; it's a rowdy crowd and they are up for a sort of not-quiet-revolution.

Not since the heady days of old Oasis Brighton shows have I witnessed a crowd so up for having a great night out. 

Later in the set I witness epic near apocalyptic scenes, hazy silhouettes of fans on shoulders shrouded by a smoke bomb held aloft filling the hall with its acrid plume, pints of beer tossed in the air (an extravagant gesture these days with beer prices at around £5 a pint - or maybe it wasn't beer?).    

Liam, dressed in a Stone Island Parka coat and blue jeans, was preceded onstage by his son, Gene Gallagher, grinning ear to ear, in a sort of ceremonial laying down of a pair of maracas at the foot of Liam's mic stand. The crowd acknowledging his presence with massive cheers. 

Ripping straight into Oasis classics, Rock 'n' Roll Star and Morning Glory, Liam in trademark moody scowl mode paced around the huge stage on which video screens at the sides relayed onstage footage of the singer. 

Admittedly the new tracks did not have quite the crowd effect of the old Oasis classics, albeit all played excellently. 

Highlights from the new As You Were album include Wall Of Glass, Bold, slowy Universal Gleam and Come Back To Me, a stomper of a track.

Liam's touring band were on top form and occasionally he gestured instructions to the band members not unlike the style of fellow Mancunian, Mark 'E' Smith, of The Fall.

Not much banter to the crowd tonight apart from a mention of the recent Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City match and the occasional staring and pointing out at fans in silent respect. 

During one of the early tracks, arms outstretched, he knelt and bowed down in front of the keyboard rig emblazoned with the words Rock 'n' Roll.

Strange moment of the night occurred after the final encore track Wonderwall, with the crowd already having half left the venue. They then all charged back in again to massive cheers as the band returned to 'play' a Bob Marley track - Natural Mystic

Instruments tuned onstage, it sounding like a unrehearsed jamming session, the song stuttered along with the band quietly sauntering offstage on completion.   

Although not perfect by any means, it was a nice added bonus that the crowd were not expecting.

All-in-all Liam has laid down the gauntlet to brother Noel, who visits the venue next April. Game on! 

by: William Arthur


Whats on in Brighton today

Stone Foundation's new album, Everybody, Anyone, was recorded at Paul Weller's Black Barn Studios in Surrey and features a sprinkling of guest musicians.

The flamboyant world of Brighton in the 1880s and back-street life of the 1930s and 50s are the focus of two new books from community publisher QueenSpark Books.

Reading the wonderful new Ronnie Lane oral biography, Can You Show Me A Dream?, it would be easy for the reader to be left with the impression that Ronnie's life cycle had been a wild journey with a sad ending. But for Ronnie the journey hadn't ended. The letter had left the envelope, that's all.

Black Deer Festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Eridge Park, Britain's oldest deer park, located on the Kent/East Sussex border near Tunbridge Wells, and you can expect an array of authentic americana-style meats, smokey whiskeys, bespoke custom bike showcases, storytellings from cultural pioneers, not to mention a line-up of artists across the Americana, blues, roots, authentic country, folk and bluegrass genres.  

The RPMs new single Let Things Happen raises the bar significantly for this young Brighton band. 
(c) Tom Sheehan 2018

Del Amitri return this summer for a UK tour, the celebrated Glaswegian band's first run of dates since 2014.

Albert Hammond Jr's latest album Francis Trouble explores a deeply personal topic – the stillborn death of his twin brother, Francis, and the lingering effects that event has had in his life and music. 

Sea Life Brighton has issued an urgent appeal for the public to become more responsible with their waste after collecting a record amount of rubbish on Brighton beach. 

One-hundred years on from the first women in the country being granted the right to vote, Brighton Dome has been officially recognised as one of forty-one buildings across England that were at the centre of suffragette action.

Joan Armatrading is a woman of candour – not to mention can do. She gets straight to the heart of the matter, and she delivers.

The drama and magic of Glyndebourne Festival provide the inspiration for a new children’s book, The Mulberry Bees.

Fusing powerful song writing with musical flare, Brighton-based Hatful of Rain combine their English, Celtic and American inspirations to great effect on their new album. 

The UK's first ever interactive film event, an opportunity to walk a mile in someone else's shoes or to fly in a virtual reality world, and a marathon performance of remembered dances are all part of a packed autumn season at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton.  

A special ceremony is being held this month at Woodvale Cemetery, Brighton, to return the gravestone of Thomas Highflyer, a 12-year-old slave boy who was rescued from a slave dhow and died in Brighton 148 years ago.

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