Noel Gallagher in-conversation at Salford​ Lads’ Club

Photo Credit Sharon Latham

Noel Gallagher was back in Manchester on Friday (25 Oct 19) to take part in an ‘in conversation’ charity event at the iconic Salford Lads’ Club. Dr Kirsty Fairclough asked the questions and Noel didn’t disappoint with his answers, he had the audience in the palm of his hand with his funny responses. My iPhone footage is at the point when Noel talks at length about one of his musical heroes David Bowie: 

I’m a huge fan, and I’m always suspicious of anyone who is not a huge fan…he was a genius! One of my biggest regrets is that I met him once, and I was a bit too stupid to appreciate him. I went to see him at Wembley Arena and someone came up to me and said “David would like to see you and I was like, ‘course he f**ing would!’ But when I went to his dressing room, he was putting on make-up and I was a little bit too young and stupid to appreciate that I was there. I just said, ‘Have you got any beers in?’ if I could only meet him now and tell him what he means to me… but back then I was just shrugging my shoulders.

Kirsty went on to ask Noel about what he thought of Bowie’s final album, Blackstar. Noel replied,

I didn’t like it at much as The Next Day…I thought that was a masterpiece. When he won an award at The Brits, I presented it to Kate Moss because he wasn’t there. I’d been out all night and the next night I was sat on the couch and hungover to f**k and there was an email on my iPad. It just said ‘Thanks for the shout out. Keep writing. DB’ and I was like ‘who the f**k is DB’ but it dawned on me. I emailed back something like ‘Great f***ing night (I’m such a knobhead) and he emailed me back immediately. Then I shit it, thinking ‘I’m having a conversation with David Bowie!’ He is one of the all-time greats!

Dr Fairclough also read out selected questions from members of the audience, including ‘What’s the greatest party you’ve ever been to?’

My 50th was f*cking amazing. Madonna turned up, and she wasn’t even invited. Like a true Mancunian, I said: “who the f*ck invited you?

 ‘What’s your favourite thing about Manchester?’

 “Manchester City.

 ‘What’s your favourite B-side?

Half the world away. John Lewis made me a fortune for it, ironically I’ve spent a fortune in John Lewis.

The event was a huge success, raising £8.5K for Salford Lads’ Club. 

The Travelling Band – Hands Up EP and new video

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Impact Date: 20th May 2013 

Label: Sideways Saloon



The Travelling Band return with a new EP, ‘Hands Up’ and it serves up a taste of what’s to come. Original ingredients are maintained, intricate guitar lines and infectious rhythms interact with expansive chord structures and subtle tempo changes.

The EP is available on a ‘pay what you want’ basis here:

Having spent the first half of 2012 writing followed by a summer of UK and European festival dates, the group successfully crowd-funded their new album  ‘The Big Defreeze’ via Pledge Music, and quickly hit their target thanks to their enthusiastic fan-base. The new album, was produced by multi platinum selling producer Iestyn Polson (David Gray, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Simple Kid), recorded at the turn of the year at The Church Studios in Crouch End, London.

The video is directed by Rudy Riveron Sanchez from AlmostFilm Productions. He said “The character is interacting with the natural elements each, fire, air, water and responding to the song…visually poetic and atmospheric

The guys are in the middle of a successful 24-date UK tour, which was preceded by a live session on Marc Riley’s BBC 6 Music show on Monday February 25th.


The Travelling Band are:
Jo Dudderidge (Vocals, Guitars, Keys)
Adam Gorman (Vocals, Guitars, Keys)
Steve Mullen (Lead Guitar, Vocals)
Chris Spencer (Bass)
Nick Vaal (Drums)


Wed 20: Oxford, Jericho Tavern
Thurs 21: Southampton, Cellar
Fri 22: Brighton, Green Door Store
Sat 23: Guildford, Boileroom
Sun 24: Tunbridge Wells, Forum
Tue 26: London, Lexington
Wed 27: Norwich, Arts Centre
Thurs 28: Cambridge, Portland Arms
Fri 29: Crewe, Box*
Sat 30: Hull, Adelphi

Support from Ellen & The Escapades except where indicated.