iTunes Festival: Beady Eye, Roundhouse, 5 July 2011

iTunes Festival has an amazing lineup this year, with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Friendly Fires.

On the lower end of the bill, however, is Beady Eye, Liam Gallagher’s post-Oasis rock band with remaining members Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock.

With one album under their belt, they took to the stage in true rock ’n roll style, dodging flying beer, sweating in bomber jackets and sporting 60s haircuts.

They played most tracks from their gold-selling debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding. The Roller and Four Letter Word are by far the best and these gained the most enthusiasm from the crowd. Unfortunately, though, they didn’t play the Beatles cover they recorded for Japan Tsunami Relief.

Liam was on top form, rocking his trademark stance, glaring at the crowd from beneath his overgrown fringe, clutching a towel all the way through.

In between tracks he spoke one-liners to the crowd in his mumbling Mancunian drawl. Subtitles would have been helpful.

The Roundhouse perhaps is a little too big to generate a laudable atmosphere for Beady Eye. While some people were dancing, others looked disinterested and even a little bored.

A lot of the tracks do sound similar and Liam is often drowned out by his guitarists on stage.

Ex-Oasis fans probably love that Liam is back doing what he does best, but if you took Liam out of the equation, would Beady Eye have a leg to stand on?

By Emma Holtham


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