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Oasis star to play Beijing in August

Brace yourself for a champagne supernova, Beijingers

Blur fans, look away now: Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is bringing his parka-clad brand of lad rock to Beijing, and we couldn't be more excited. He might be 'like a man with a fork in a world of soup', as his estranged older brother Noel once claimed, but you'd be lying to yourself if you're not buzzing to belt out 'She's Electric' and 'Roll With It' in a stadium with thousands of suitably lathered Beijingers.

'Our kid' will be playing the National Olympic Sports Center on August 10, and presumably will be as full of Mancunian soundbites, bile and bangers as ever. Tickets will be on sale from May 18, and we'd be quick off the mark when it comes to buying them (after all, you don't want to look back in anger because you missed your chance to drink lager and sing along with the British contingent like Knebworth wasn't two whole decades ago).

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Oasis have perhaps been unfairly dismissed as the most wilfully obnoxious group of the Britpop era, as famous for their loutish behaviour as for their musical output. They might not have had the nuance and wit of Pulp, the feral sex appeal of Suede or the ideological intent of Holy Bible-era Manic Street Preachers, but the Gallaghers had the tunes and the commercial appeal and at the time were the biggest band in the world.

We presume that, because the man himself certainly hasn't mellowed out, Liam will bring his fiery approach to music over to China with him in his new guise as a singer-songwriter. Thankfully though, it looks like he won't be playing a bunch of new solo material, if the image doing the rounds on social media that alleges to be Liam's censor-approved setlist is anything to go by – it's full of massive Oasis choons.

You've got just under three months to learn the songs and dig out your best Mod apparel, because we reckon this is going to be the best approximation of the great British festival we're going to get in 2017.


With a back catalogue that spans back to Oasis' 1994 hit 'Supersonic', the less restrained one of music's messiest pair of brothers is sure to bring nineties vibes and massive tunes to Beijing. Get your lighters out, dig deep into the most pinger-addled part of your brain for the lyrics to 'Wonderwall' and join the Britpop mafia, people – this is going to be one of the biggest gigs of the year.

At the very least, he's going to be entertaining. [VPNs on]

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