Liam Gallagher opens Knebworth gig with rising talent Manchester band Pastel.

“we were destined to do this”

Jack Yates, frontman for Pastel performing at Knebworth 2022, taken by Charlie Lightening

The band, made up of Lead singer Jack Yates, guitarist James Yates, Rhys Wheeler on drums and Liam O Shea on bass, entertained a crowd of over 100,000 people opening up at Liam’s iconic Knebworth gig.

Frontman Jack said “We’ve never played a gig anywhere near that size before. People are saying are you nervous? But I’m not nervous, it feels we were destined to do this”

Pastel shared the stage with comeback star Paolo Nutini and brit pop band Kasabian before the eagerly awaited Liam Gallagher stunned fans at 9pm.

The five piece formed in 2017 , before signing a deal with spirit of Spike Island in 2020 which saw the release of their single She waits for me in the same year which reached 25k streams within a weekend of being released. The band were first noticed by Liam after their Autumn/Winter campaign for the fashion label Pretty Green (founded by Gallagher) which featured their song Deeper than Holy.

Deeper than Holy by PASTEL

The band are supporting former Oasis frontman on both days of his Knebworth set. James Yates said “the fact that Liam has given us this opportunity is pretty amazing”

It is clear that Gallagher has good taste in choosing these five to support him. Their music can be described as a sheer rollercoaster of sound with insightful lyrics that echo the politics imbued in Oasis tunes. Remnants of the bands influencesTalking heads, Kings of Leon and Radiohead can be heard in Pastel’s tracks but there is something uniquely distinctive about this band in their use of guitar riffs and their sonorous strings this band promises an antehmic atmosphere and it is fitting they would share the stage with someone as legendary as Liam Gallagher.

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