I saw Liam Gallagher put Co-op Live arena on the map and left stunning Definitely Maybe show wanting more

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
Liam Gallagher vowed to put the new Co-Op Live arena on the map and certainly did just that as he delivered an unforgettable performance on the second Manchester night of his ‘Definitely Maybe’ tour. 

As a lead singer, few if any are better than Gallagher, and here he showed exactly why he is one of the best frontmen of all time. Gallagher just has an aura about him, swagger, charisma and an ability to make magic happen at any time. Hell, you could ask Liam to sing ‘Wheels on the Bus’ or the ingredients for a chicken chow mein and he’d turn it into a masterpiece. 

Gallagher is a commanding presence on stage and is a seasoned pro that knows how to capture the hearts and minds of the audience. The crowd was red-hot throughout the night. They sang, they danced, there were mosh pits and made the atmosphere a sight to behold. The only boos from the evening came when Gallagher dedicated ‘Shakermaker’ to Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour.  

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Hearing the ‘Definitely Maybe’ album being belted out on its 30th anniversary felt like a perfect scenario for diehard fans of Oasis, and this show paid tribute to the album’s ever-lasting legacy. The stage was composed of a giant globe of planet Earth, pink flamingos and even the picture of American composer Burt Bacharach that featured on the album cover. 

Liam Gallagher wowed hometown Manchester crowds on his Definitely Maybe tour. Picture: Scott AntcliffeLiam Gallagher wowed hometown Manchester crowds on his Definitely Maybe tour. Picture: Scott Antcliffe
Liam Gallagher wowed hometown Manchester crowds on his Definitely Maybe tour. Picture: Scott Antcliffe

Given how much of a triumph this show was, I would not complain in the slightest if Liam decided to take ‘(What's the Story) Morning Glory?’ on tour for its 30th anniversary next year. Hearing ‘Some Might Say’ and ‘She’s Electric’ - my two personal favourites in the Oasis catalogue - in the flesh would be a delightful experience, and one I sure as hell I’d guarantee I was there for. 

The energy inside the Co-Op Live arena was palpable as we awaited the arrival of Gallagher himself, and the crowd got themselves fine-tuned as they as the belted out tracks such as ‘Teenage Kicks’ and ‘I am the Resurrection’ by the Stone Roses whilst the on-stage clock ticked down through the years ahead of Gallagher’s arrival. 

Before Gallagher and co stepped onto the stage, a montage of some of Gallagher’s biggest highlights from his Oasis days was played on screen, setting the stage for what was going to be a thrilling night of music and a lovely trip down memory lane. 

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

As he stepped on stage, he was serenaded by chants of ‘Liam, Liam, Liam’ before belting out ‘Rock N Roll Star’ and whipping the audience into a state of ecstasy. Gallagher kept a relentless pace throughout the night, and the audience matched that pace perfectly as they excitedly launched pints across the arena, kept the place bouncing throughout the night and sang in unison with Gallagher as he belted out ‘Columbia’, ‘Up in the Sky’ and ‘Digsy’s Dinner’. 

‘Half the World Away’ - dedicated to Gallagher’s “little brother” sparked cheers from the crowd. ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’ brought a frenetic response that almost brought the roof off the building and was probably my personal highlight from the evening. 

After returning to the stage for the encore, Liam performed ‘Supersonic’, ‘Slide Away’ and ‘Live Forever’ with the audience in perfect unison before capping off the night with a cover of The Beatles’ ‘I am the Walrus’ to wrap up the Co-op Live’s biggest and best show to date.

Full Liam Gallagher Co-op Live Definitely Maybe setlist for June 16 show

  • Rock 'n' Roll Star
  • Columbia
  • Shakermaker
  • Up in the Sky
  • Digsy's Dinner
  • Bring It On Down
  • Cloudburst
  • I Will Believe
  • Half the World Away
  • D'Yer Wanna Be a Spaceman?
  • Fade Away
  • Lock All the Doors
  • (It's Good) To Be Free
  • Whatever
  • Cigarettes & Alcohol
  • Married With Children
  • Supersonic
  • Slide Away
  • Live Forever
  • I Am the Walrus

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.