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Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn: the end of a rivalry

Noel and Damon are coming together in aid of charity, but how about a duet? Here are our performance predictions...

By Oliver Keens
A rivalry officially ends this week as Noel Gallagher asks Damon Albarn to perform at his Teenage Cancer Trust gig. Noel’s even hinted they’ll play a song together, but what will it be? Here are our odds on the contenders...

‘Rockin’ All Over the World’ by Status Quo


Damon first heard ‘Roll with It’ – Oasis’s rival single to Blur’s ‘Country House’ in 1995’s epic ‘battle of Britpop’ – after Chris Evans played it down the phone to him on Radio 1. Albarn immediately took the piss by singing lines from Status Quo’s lumpy rock behemoth over the top. They may be buddies now, but even an ironic airing of the Quo looks unlikely.

© Lawrence Watson

‘Acquiesce’ by Oasis


Perhaps Noel’s overture to Damon is really just a way to rile Liam – from whom he’s been estranged since Oasis split in 2009. If Noel really is trying to wind up ‘our kid’, performing this ‘Morning Glory’-era B-side would be a magnificent way to do it. You could imagine Liam turning greener than one of his designer parkas after learning Damon and Noel had sung ‘because we need each other, we believe in one another’ while gazing into each other’s eyes...

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‘If I Could Turn Back Time’ by Cher

Stay with me here... These former rivals were last seen sitting together on the same table at the Brits, larking around and telling One Direction to sod off. If they truly intend to be BFFs and not just drinking buddies, what could seal the deal better than tearing into Cher’s remorseful power ballad from 1989? Lines like ‘I’d take back all those words that hurt you’ seem perfect for the occasion, while that almighty key change gives them a chance to stand up from their stools and punch the air in celebration of a new-found love.

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© Pennie Smith

‘Tender’ by Blur


Much more possible. Written after the fires of antipathy had died, ‘Tender’ has no Britpop baggage – just a simple yet touching chorus of ‘Get through it… love’s the greatest thing’. It’s got a perfect role for Noel too – taking on the ‘Oh my baby’ chorus line usually handled by guitarist Graham Coxon. Let’s just pray that doesn’t wind Coxon up, otherwise this exercise in peace and harmony will be back to square one.

This year's Teenage Cancer Trust gigs – who else is playing?

Ryan Adams

Music Rock and indie

Famously prolific and volatile, boy wonder Adams (now 38) plays ragged country rock, doubtless dipping into recent album 'Ashes and Fire', recorded with legendary Led Zep and Who producer Glyn Johns.

Primal Scream + Echo And The Bunnymen

Music Rock and indie

Bobbie Gillespie's epic dudes top the bill, playing from a back catalogue that's straddled psych/garage rock, baggy house, Stones-y revivalism and grubby electro. They're joined by Scouse neo-psychedelic legends Echo And The Bunnymen, who have been playing on and off for a good three and a half decades but are still a thrilling live act.


Kasabian + Dark Horses

Music Rock and indie

Leicester's enormously popular, swaggering good-time rockers – tagged as baggy revivalists with a fixation on the Mondays, Primal Scream and Oasis by many – show everyone what they're made of. Essentially, that, but with more epic, experimental, psych-rock flavourings and an interesting, Tangerine Dream-like excursion on album 'Velociraptor'. Expect to hear that wiggier aspect to them, as well as the massive chant-along side.

Noel Gallagher/Damon Albarn/Graham Coxon + Gruff Rhys

Music Rock and indie

Oasis songwriter/guitarist and curator of this year's series of Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts, Noel Gallagher puts his differences with Blur mainman Damon aside for a night. Let's hope they can make it through without scrapping. In any case, indie guitar hero Coxon will be on hand too.

Rizzle Kicks
Ray Burmiston

Rizzle Kicks + Labrinth


It's unsurprising that the venues keep getting bigger for this excellent poppy hip hop duo, Rizzle and Sylvester, with a brass section from London-by-way-of-Brighton and a barrow full of hits from debut LP 'Stereo Typical'. Hot to trot grime producer and rapper/singer Timothy McKenzie – aka Labrinth – opens.

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© Paul Weller

Paul Weller + Palma Violets


The Modfather brings the TCT concerts to a heady close with strained and sweaty, poppy soul-rock from his eleventh album 'Sonik Kicks' – which features Noel Gallagher and Graham Coxon – and a fair number of beloved Jam classics to please the older faithful. Support comes from indie rock upstarts PVs.


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