Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher rocked up on the main stage at the Leeds Festival full of swagger, tunes and banter in what was a welcome return for the music event, which was cancelled last year due to Covid
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Liam Gallagher opened Leeds Festival with his trademark scowl as thousands of fans flocked to Bramham Park for one of the biggest weekends in the music calendar.
The singer, who included Oasis’ Supersonic in his repertoire as well as As You Were from his solo album looked as comfortable as ever on stage sporting a navy parker and aviator shades.
Fireworks were let off near to the end of the star’s performance as he told the happy campers: “You get a bad rap up here in Leeds don’t you? You’re not a bad looking lot.”
He then went on to point out a few “stunners” in the crowd.
The singer also ranted about Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United signing during his headline set.
“The Manchester lot, you got your f****** pants pulled down today with that one, didn’t ya?” he jeered at the crowd.
Unsurprisingly, his comments were met with a chorus of boos.
But Liam refused to given and ordered the riled football fans to “Right f******* down.”
Leeds festival was cancelled last year due to the pandemic and so revellers were more excited than ever to see their favourite acts perform.
Other artists joining Liam for the bank holiday bonanza include Stormzy, Post Malone, Biffy Clyro, Catfish and The Bottlemen and Disclosure.
Festival-goers have also been flocking to Reading with balmy temperatures this year for the five-day music event.
Large scale crowds are slowly returning following the pandemic and Reading, a key date on the festival calendar, is one of the first to reopen its doors.
When it was announced last February that both Reading and Leeds festivals were going ahead, websites crashed as music lovers tried to book their place.
Last month restrictions on outdoor gatherings were lifted and it has seen crowds return to events.
It will be another test for Covid regs, though, as the UK tentatively gets back towards normal life and the infection rates will be watched closely around the festivals.
Reading holds around 87,000 revellers while Leeds slightly less with 75,000 permitted.
Thankfully temperatures look set to settle after a dire month of rain has made way for sunshine around the country, which will be welcome news for anyone camping at Leeds.
Meanwhile any Oasis fans at Bramham Park who were wondering if Noel would perform will be able to watch the brothers on stage again – as a documentary about their iconic Knebworth gig will be in cinemas on September 23.
The band have announced the highly anticipated documentary will be released worldwide in cinemas later this Summer, allowing another generation of fans to watch footage and hear songs from the record-breaking concert when the band were at the peak of their success.
Announcing the news, frontman Liam said: “Knebworth for me was the Woodstock of the 90’s. It was all about the music and the people. I can’t remember much about it, but I’ll never forget it. It was Biblical.”