Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds + Reverend And The Makers

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Noel Gallagher
No messing around now, the Oasis songwriter and guitarist takes his High Fliers straight to the top. Here with his little-known crew, they've shot from The Forum to the enormo O2 in under four months, but it probably helps to have Noel G behind you. Playing from their self-titled debut album, released on Gallagher's own label in Oct 2011, Sour Mash. There'll be plenty of beered-up, singalong Oasis opportunites to satisfy the faithful, too, although no rendition of 'Little James', it's safe to say. In support, Sheffield's mouthy Rev and (new) cohorts return to the loping but insistent, neo-baggy fray, doubtless previewing songs from their upcoming new album, due out in spring.