Snow Patrol and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds recently came to Austin as part of their double headlining tour of North America. Austin was the second to last stop and special guest Jake Bugg opened up the show at the Austin Music Hall.
I got there early, grabbed a Jack and Coke and then made my way up to the front. Before any of the bands even hit the stage, the crowd spontaneously broke out into “Live Forever” by Oasis. I’m guessing those were the Noel fans.
The doors opened up at 6:30 p.m. and Jake Bugg took the stage around 7:30. The 18 year-old songwriter from the UK stood alone on the stage with his guitar and started his set after he introduced himself. My heart melts for accents, and his British accent was adorable. By the time the first song was over, I had become a Jake Bugg fan. He is talented beyond his years. By the girly screams I heard coming from the audience, I’m pretty sure he made a few other fans that night too.
Up next was Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The crowd chanted, “Noel, Noel, Noel!” before he took the stage and I even heard someone yell, “Fuck Snow Patrol!” and I laughed. The band played songs off of their self-titled debut record. I didn’t recognize the first song, but the second song they played was, “Everybody’s On The Run,” which is the first song off of their album and then they went into “Dream On” and my favorite, “If I Had a Gun.”
In between songs, there were more chants for Noel. They mostly followed the order off the album and threw in a few of the old Oasis songs like “Supersonic” and “Don’t Look Back in Anger.” The room went crazy for the old Oasis stuff and it seemed like the entire crowd was singing along to those, myself included. Amazingly enough, the guy standing next to me didn’t know who Noel was and had never heard of Oasis. He was there to see Snow Patrol and he was a lawyer, so, I guess it makes sense.
The final band to take the stage was Snow Patrol. They opened up with “Hands Open.” They performed for over an hour and played songs like “Take Back the City,” “Run,” “You’re All I Have” and “Open Your Eyes.” Snow Patrol’s drummer wasn’t there because his wife was having a baby. Apparently, he met her right here in Austin, even though she was from another country.
In between songs, they played to the locals and talked about how great the BBQ is here and vocalist, Gary Lightbody, joked that he wished he hadn’t ate so much BBQ so close to the show. They also dedicated their big hit, “Chasing Cars,” to the Austin crowd. At one point, Lightbody stopped singing the words and let the crowd take over with the lyrics. At the end of their set, they left the stage for about a minute and then came back out to do one last song for their encore.