NEW SINGLE : NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS unveil title track of forthcoming LP ‘COUNCIL SKIES’ today

Photo credit © Matt Crockett 2023 

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Release New Single ‘Council Skies’ 

Listen Here. Official Video YouTube Premiere Tonight at 6PM BST. Sign Up Here

Taken From The Forthcoming Album ‘Council Skies’, Out 2nd June (on Sour Mash Records)

 Available to Pre-Order Now Here

 UK Summer Shows & December 2023 Arena Tour On-Sale Now

Tickets Available Here

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds today release new single ‘Council Skies’ – the powerful title track taken from the eagerly anticipated new studio album, due for release 2nd June 2023 (via Sour Mash Records).

Listen to the single here and sign up for the official Video YouTube premiere here, taking place tonight at 6PM BST.

Noel reflects, “All the dreams I had as a youth were underneath council skies.” ‘Council Skies’ opens an introspective and personal commentary on Noel’s most formative years, and the wider themes of the forthcoming album. Wistful and evocative, the track has layered instrumentation, including strings recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. 

In keeping with the themes of ‘Council Skies’, the single is accompanied by a new video filmed in Manchester which captures the band performing inside the city’s stunning historic venue New Century Hall – a key location in Manchester’s musical heritage, having hosted performances by Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. Directed by long-time High Flying Birds collaborators Dan Cadan and Jonathan Mowatt, the music video also features a cameo from another Mancunian legend…  Fans can sign up for the official Video YouTube premiere here, taking place tonight at 6PM BST.

This new single is the fourth to be revealed from the forthcoming album, following the singles ‘Pretty Boy’ (featuring Johnny Marr) and ‘Easy Now’, plus ‘Dead To The World’ which Noel says is, “by some distance my favourite tune on the album.” All tracks have received critical acclaim from media and fans alike, building anticipation for the new record.

A decade since the formation of High Flying Birds and having achieved four UK No.1 albums, ‘Council Skies’, produced by Noel and Paul ‘Strangeboy’ Stacey, is the band’s fourth studio album and Noel’s most complete solo statement to date.

The album’s artwork, shot by renowned Manchester photographer Kevin Cummins, sees Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ live equipment set up in the original centre spot of what was Maine Road football stadium. 2023 marks 100 years since the ground was opened and it forever remains Manchester City FC’s spiritual home.

‘Council Skies’ is available to pre-order now on CD, heavyweight vinyl with bonus 7”, LP picture disc plus various digital formats including a Dolby Atmos spatial audio version. The previously released Robert Smith remix of ‘Pretty Boy’ is featured on deluxe limited-edition triple vinyl and 2CD formats, which also include a stunning live session version of ‘Live Forever’ and a remix from Pet Shop Boys. A printed handwritten lyric sheet of title track ‘Council Skies’ will be included with all album pre-orders via the official store.

The release of ‘Council Skies’ will kick start a huge live season for the band, starting with a 26-date American tour, co-headlining with US alternative rockers Garbage which will begin on 2nd June. The band then return to play an array of UK & Irish outdoor shows & headline festival performances, including a massive homecoming gig at Manchester’s Wythenshawe Park on August Bank Holiday weekend. Also recently announced – a full UK arena tour throughout December 2023. Tickets are on sale here.


Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds UK & Irish Headline Summer Shows:


21 Jul                    Buckinghamshire, Pennfest

23 Jul                    Nottingham, Wollaton Park Splendour Festival

28 Jul                    London, Crystal Palace Bowl

30 Jul                    Brighton, On The Beach

04 Aug                  Bingley Weekender

05 Aug                  Saffron Waldon, Essex Audley End

19 Aug                  Monmouthshire, Caldicot Castle

20 Aug                  Sedgefield, Co Durham Hardwick Festival

24 Aug                  Somerset, Taunton Vivary Park

26 Aug                  Manchester, Wythenshawe Park

27 Aug                  Dublin, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham

30 Aug                  Hull, Bonus Arena

01 Sep                  Sheffield, Rock N Roll Circus, Don Valley Bowl


Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 2023 UK Arena Tour Dates:


14 Dec                  London, OVO Arena Wembley

15 Dec                  Birmingham, Utilita Arena

17 Dec                  Cardiff International Arena

18 Dec                  Leeds, First Direct Arena

20 Dec                  Glasgow, OVO Hydro

21 Dec                  Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena

‘Council Skies’ Deluxe Album Tracklisting; 

Disc 1:

  1. I’m Not Giving Up Tonight
  2. Pretty Boy
  3. Dead To The World
  4. Open The Door, See What You Find
  5. Trying To Find A World That’s Been And Gone
  6. Easy Now
  7. Council Skies
  8. There She Blows!
  9. Love Is A Rich Man
  10. Think Of A Number

Disc 2:

  1. Don’t Stop…
  2. We’re Gonna Get There In The End
  3. Mind Games
  4. Pretty Boy (Instrumental)
  5. Dead To The World (Instrumental)
  6. Council Skies (Instrumental)
  7. Think Of A Number (Instrumental)
  8. I’m Not Giving Up Tonight (David Holmes Remix)
  9. Think Of A Number (Pet Shop Boys Magic Eye 12” Remix)
  10. Pretty Boy (Robert Smith Remix)
  11. Council Skies (The Reflex Revision)
  12. Flying On The Ground (Radio 2 Session, 08.09.21)
  13. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Radio 2 Session, 08.09.21)
  14. Live Forever (Radio 2 Session, 08.09.21)

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