Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr both took to the stage at the Apollo in Ardwick for the Radio X Roadshow on 2 December. The two legendary Mancunians took to the stage for a crowd of 3500 eager fans. Johnny led the show singing classic tracks like Easy Money and Candidate with the occasional Smiths anthems like There Is A Light That Never Goes Out as the crowd sang back at him with smiles on each of their faces. To end the night, the main act was Noel Gallagher, who saw his first gig at the Apollo when he was 13. He played hits off his two solo albums, from the rocky Riverman to his indie love song If I Had A Gun. Inbetween his solo tracks he slid the occasional Oasis song in, Half The World Away and Champagne Supernova being just two of the six Oasis indie anthems he played. For the whole night the crowd reacted enormously to these two world class acts.
I spoke to a fan outside the venue, Gary Saville, 47: “Tonight was one of the best gigs I’ve been to in a while.
Seeing two Manc idols in a small venue when I saw them both play with their bands in the nineties when they were at the top of their league. In my opinion they’re still the top of the league.
Seeing Oasis and The Smith’s songs played live with my daughter who never got to see the two bands play was amazing but the highlight of the night for me was definitely There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.
They are undoubtedly just as big as they were back then.”