As the setting sun painted the sky pink above Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds took the stage. Returning to the DMV for the second time in a year and a half, NGHFB played a show that impressed.
Starting the set with the first five songs off the band’s most recent album, 2017’s Who Built The Moon?, Noel Gallagher showed confidence on stage through songs like “Keep On Reaching” and “She Taught Me How to Fly” on Aug. 17.
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After playing “This Is the Place,” Noel said “Now that I’ve indulged myself, the second half of the set is for you.” Noel then strapped on an acoustic guitar and strummed the first few notes to “Wonderwall,” bringing every last person to their feet in excitement.
This set off four straight Oasis songs in a row, which included “Stop Crying Your Heart Out,” “Don’t Look Back in Anger,” and “Little By Little,” a song where Noel originally sang lead for Oasis.
The set finished with a cover song from another British band, The Beatles. As purple lights draped the stage, the band played “All You Need Is Love” and the crowd sang along leaving a nice finale to the band’s set.
Here are some pictures of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds performing at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 17, 2019. All photos copyright and courtesy of Chris Smyth with rights reserved to Noel Gallagher.