Preview: Beady Eye, The Brighton Centre, Wednesday April 27

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SURELY this has to be one of the most anticipated gigs this year?

And if you’re a Britpop fan then this is a chance to see whether Beady Eye can take over the reins from Oasis.

I’ve bought the album and I liked it, but I’m told that Oasis live were amazing, mainly because of Liam, who exuded menace and sidled up to the microphone like he was ready to headbutt it.

Their new album Different Gear, Still Speeding has been receiving good reviews so far too.

Q Magazine and The Daily Mail gave it four out of five, while The Beat Goes On was described by Clash Magazine as having an immaculate melody and chorus.

The band (Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock) won’t be doing many gigs in the UK - your only chance to see them in the South East Brighton, Southampton and London, so this is a gold dust opportunity.

Then they are off to tour Japan and America.

Beady Eye will also be joined by Matt Jones on keyboards and Jeff Wootton on bass.

If reviews I have read so far are anything to go by, Liam is reported to have more energy on stage than ever before and the crowds have been chanting the band’s name as if they were caught up in some ancient religious rite.

You can expect a great atmosphere and some raw, angry sounding, 100 per cent indie music, with the usual Beatles influences poking their heads up.

Tickets cost £27.50 and are available at www.brightoncentre.co.uk.