Godlike Genius LIAM GALLAGHER And His Delirious Fans Went Champagne Supernova In Heatwave Hot Belgium

15 August 2022

The way the 2018 NME Godlike Genius was hailed out loud when he hit the stage yesterday at the Hear! Hear! Festival in Belgium was as deafening as the noise of
a supersonic jet.

The delirious cheers from about 20.000 ecstatic people packed in a red-hot-sauna tent (and thousands standing outside) were over the top. From there on everybody sang every word of every song (also of 3 new ones from his recent LP, Better Days, More Power, and Diamond In The Dark).


With a parka and a hat on? It’s 1000 degrees in here, Liam!!!

The exhilarated – from 14 to 75 years old – audience’s reception of Oasis classics (especially Morning Glory, Rock ‘n Roll Star, Cigarettes and Alcohol, Wonderwall – dedicated
to Belgian footballer Kevin De Bruyne, the hero of Liam’s favorite team Manchester City and the dumbfounding version of closer Champagne Supernova) was nothing less than staggering.

This was not a concert, it felt like it was one of Manchester City’s UEFA Champions League Finales, with tireless fans chanting non-stop (even when he performed, surprisingly, the Beady Eye song Soul Love), while having a shower with their own sweat and lots of beer.


Who is Noel?

I experienced this over-the-top sensation 30-plus times now (27 x Oasis, 4 x Liam solo) with this one as, truly, one of the most memorable. The fact that this was my first big festival since the 2 lockdown years helped of course.

I witnessed other standout performances yesterday. The ones by the good old Pixies,
the Parquet Courts, Wolf Alice, and Thurston Moore, but Liam‘s grand gathering was the
one everybody (except his diehard haters) was talking about afterward.

Our (rich) street Kid has the gift to make you feel over the moon, on cloud nine, as happy as a lark. He made everybody feel like a rock ‘n roll star last night. Live forever, Liam.


Everybody was a rock ‘n roll star last night

SETLIST

1. Morning Glory
2. Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
3. Wall of Glass
4. Better Days
5. Roll It Over
6. Slide Away
7. Soul Love
8. More Power
9. Diamond in the Dark
10. Once
11. Cigarettes & Alcohol
12. Wonderwall
13. Champagne Supernova

NME’s 2018 Godlike Genius Award Winner in action.

(all photos by Turn Up The Volume)