Panic Listening Before A Gig


There is less than a week before I see Noel Gallagher at the O2, and I’ve just realised that I’ve barely listened to his new album. By barely listened, I mean I’ve heard the two singles and not much else. It’s time to start panic listening.

Let me assure you – that is a real thing.

For those of you who don’t know what panic listening is, it’s when you buy tickets to see an artist before their newest album comes out, only to get to the gig and realise that the majority of the setlist is made up of new tracks you’ve barely listened to before. While you’re left standing in the crowd like a mug while the rest of the venue is drunkenly singing along, you start berating yourself, silently, for not listening to the album earlier, so you could be enjoying these precious few hours you have with the artist instead of feeling confused.

Obviously, the best and easiest way to avoid this is to remember that you actually have a gig coming up that will feature NEW music, and then listen to the album as soon as it comes out. I mean, it’s actually really logical.

Saying that, though, not a lot of the population are logical. Least of all me. I will now spend the next 5-and-a-half days slowly sinking into a music pit that is only Noel Gallagher’s latest album. There will be little else to listen to. My life will be Chasing Yesterday, and Chasing Yesterday only.  Sorry Beyonce, but I’m not that sorry.

There is a huge positive out of panic listening – aside from the fact that you’ll be word perfect at the gig. Noel Gallagher is such an incredible artist that panic listening to High Flying Birds’ last album will probably do nothing but make me even more excited for the gig. It’ll let me learn the lyrics to every song, and then start branching out to other Noel Gallagher songs. I’ll listen to the self-titled debut album again, and get all excited for that. I’ll play my old Oasis collection again and start wondering when the hell the Gallagher boys will sort their shit out and make music together again.

Best of all, panic listening will make me realise (again) just how amazing Noel Gallagher is. The first time I fell in love with Oasis was after growing up listening to them – it wasn’t until I was in my teens that they became an all time favourite band of mine. I already know that Noel will play some classic Oasis tunes when he takes the stage (because why wouldn’t he?) and I am buzzing for that! Don’t Look Back In Anger especially – he will play it, I know he will! That is right up there on my very small playlist of All Time Favourite Tunes!

I also have it on good authority (the NME wrote about it) that in Belfast last night, he performed an acoustic rendition of a certain Oasis favourite…

***SPOILER ALERT it’s Champagne Supernova SPOILER ALERT***

I am already excited for this gig, so panic listening will just make me want to explode with joy as soon as Noel Gallagher walks on stage. And I’m okay with that!

So, Spotify, give me all the Noel Gallagher you have, please!

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