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18 August 2021

Liam Gallagher Makes Live Return With Show For NHS Workers

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Liam Gallagher played his first show in 18 months last night (17 August) with a show for NHS workers at the O2 Arena, London. Liam paid tribute to the “very sophisticated audience” of NHS workers, praising the “doctors, nurses and drug dealers”, calling them “my kind of people” and saying “I wanna thank you lot for doing what you do.” The singer went on to to call for NHS workers to get a pay-rise, as well as welcoming the event as a rare one without ticket touts.

It marked the ex-Oasis singer’s first show in front of an audience since he played Le Zenith in Paris on 21 February 2020. He played a selection of hits from throughout his career, with a 20-song set which included Oasis classics as well as his solo tracks. And fans can expect more of the same tonight (18 August), when Gallagher playes the second of the two full capacity shows.

The show follows Gorillaz‘s benefit gigs for NHS workers on 10 and 11 August at the venue, which were the first shows to be held there in more than 500 days. The arena will be requiring all staff to demonstrate evidence of a negative lateral flow test before entering. It is encouraging all visitors to wear a face-covering during their visit particularly while moving around the venue and in busy spaces like the concourses.

The O2 will use hand sanitising stations by Lifebuoy across the venue and has introduced an air purification system throughout the arena supplied by Rentokil Initial. The arena also has an air filtering system.

Liam Gallagher setlist, 17 August, O2 Arena, London

‘Morning Glory’
‘Wall of Glass’
‘Paper Crown’
‘Why Me? Why Not’
‘Stand By Me’
‘Fade Away’
‘Greedy Soul’
‘The River’
‘Go Let It Out’
‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’
‘Roll With It’
‘Live Forever’

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