A Derry man is preparing to follow in the footsteps of his idols this weekend when he takes to the stage at Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 people.
Daniel McColgan from Derry has been the front man of Oasis tribute band, ‘Noasis,’ for a number of years and has played hundreds of gigs across Britain and Ireland.
But tomorrow he will play in front of the biggest audience of his career when he and his band mates provide the half-time entertainment at the Harlequins and Saracens rugby game at Wembley Stadium.
The tribute band, who play the songs of 90s britpop band, Oasis, will play three songs at half-time in front of an audience which is expected to reach 80,000.
“I never expected when we started the band that I’d be preparing for a gig like this,” he said.
The Derry singer, who takes the Liam Gallagher role in the band, said he expects it to be an exciting experience.
“Wembley is a huge stadium and everyone around the world knows about it so it will be amazing to walk out onto the stage. Harlequins are playing Saracens and it is a derby game so we have been told they are expecting up to 80,000 people there.
“Walking out onto that stage in front of a crowd like that will be nerve-racking but I’d say the adrenalin will kick in and take over once we get started and we’ll be fine,” he said.
At their peak during the britpop boom, Oasis played to millions of people around the world, most notably at Knebworth in 1996 when they performed in front of 250,000 people over two nights.
“I suppose you could say this is out Knebworth moment,” Daniel joked. “We have never played to crowds like this before and we may never get the chance to play in front of numbers like this again.
“We have played all across Britain and even closer to home in Buncrana a few years ago and we have had a few big gigs to date but nothing like this,” he said.
As the band make their final preparations for tomorrow’s gig, Daniel said they have been honing their set list. “We only have three songs so we have decided to go with ‘Roll with it,’ ‘Rock and roll star,’ and ‘Don’t look back in anger’ so hopefully we can get the crowd singing along,” he said.
Noasis are also set to play at this year’s Isle of White festival in the summer.