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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

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Last summer Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds headlined a host of outdoor live shows culminating in a career-spanning performance at Glastonbury's Pyramid stage to one of the weekend’s biggest crowds. UK live dates for this summer have recently been announced – details below - with more headline shows to follow before the end of the year. Online store exclusive deluxe heavyweight triple vinyl with bonus discs including previously unreleased live sessions, instrumentals, and remixes. The artwork, shot by renowned Manchester photographer Kevin Cummins, sees Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ live equipment set up in the original centre spot of what was Maine Road Football Stadium. 2023 marks 100 years since the ground was opened and forever remains Manchester City FC’s spiritual home. This deluxe format includes a bonus disc featuring previously unreleased live sessions, instrumentals, and remixes from The Cure’s Robert Smith, Pet Shop Boys, and David Holmes. Noel’s assertion that Council Skies isn’t as “far out” as his previous album was a cause for mild concern approaching this new release, given that I admired the excursion Who Built the Moon? took from his usual style. Alas, Council Skies has countless merits, and as Gallagher professed, it benefits from a degree of eclecticism.

A decade since the formation of High Flying Birds and having achieved four UK Number One albums, ‘Council Skies’, produced by Noel and Paul ‘Strangeboy’ Stacey, is the band’s fourth studio album and Noel’s most complete solo statement to date. The album is also available on limited edition deluxe formats featuring a bonus disc including previously unreleased acoustic versions, remixes, instrumentals and an unheard demo. Of the previewing singles, the electric ‘Easy Now’ and the ethereal ‘Dead To The World’ are the most absorbing and memorable. Later in the album, ‘There She Blows’ marks a non-single highlight, benefitting from the injection of grungey rhythm guitar and solos towards the close.

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Council Skies’ is the highly anticipated fourth studio album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Selected items are only available for delivery via the Royal Mail 48® service and other items are available for delivery using this service for a charge. Bonus content includes previously unreleased acoustic versions, remixes, instrumentals and an unheard demo. Council Skies’ sees Noel Gallagher reclaiming his past and paying homage to his Mancunian roots. His most varied and accomplished solo record to date, Noel’s fourth solo studio album is a record framed by confidence, risk-taking, surefooted creative freedom, and great emotional depth.

In keeping with the themes of ‘Council Skies’, the single is accompanied by a new video filmed in Manchester and captures the band performing inside the city’s stunning historic venue New Century Hall – a key location in Manchester’s musical heritage having hosted performances by Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. Directed by long-time High Flying Birds collaborators Dan Cadan and Jonathan Mowatt, the music video also features a cameo from another Mancunian legend… Sign up for the official Video YouTube premiere here, taking place tonight at 6PM BST.

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