Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Noel Gallagher and Richard Ashcroft team up for Dubai concert in March

Noel Gallagher will perform a set ‘packed’ with Oasis classics in Dubai next month.

The iconic guitarist and singer will make his Middle Eastern debut on Sandance Beach on Friday March 15 – and promoters have told the crowd to expect a set brimming with Oasis hits.

Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft will also perform at the one-off gig, the first in a series of ‘Live at Atlantis’ events, as will Zane Lowe.

Gallagher will be backed onstage by his current band the High Flying Birds, whose eponymous debut album was released to critical acclaim in 2011.

However the 45-year-old rocker is expected to relieve his ’90s heyday when he plays in Dubai. The gig’s promoters have seen a sample of Gallagher’s 90-minute set and are expecting ‘around 75 percent’ of the tunes to be drawn from Oasis’ back catalogue, the bulk of which was written exclusively by Gallagher, and are promising renditions of ‘Wonderwall’, ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’.

Meanwhile Ashcroft, who is a friend of Gallagher, will perform solo acoustic at the gig, relieving the memorable set he performed at Sandance in October 2011 which featured Verve hits including ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ and ‘Lucky Man’. A regular on Sandance Beach, Radio One DJ Zane Lowe will play out the night after Gallagher’s set.

While the gig has been put together by the team behind the popular Sandance festival, organisers have made clear this is part of new series of ‘Live at Atlantis’ gigs which promise to bring more massive stars to Dubai throughout 2013. Meanwhile the first Sandance of 2013 has been set for Friday May 10.