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Notes from a traveller: Liam Gallagher

March 2012

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The Oasis frontman and Britpop bad boy talks great crowds, Lake Como views and his love of Disneyland
Musician Liam Gallagher
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When I was younger we were always dragged to Ireland kicking and screaming for our holidays as me mam is from County Mayo. It was good hanging out with my cousins on tractors in the countryside. There wasn't much else to do.

At heart I'm a big kid and visit Disneyland every year. I'm not into rollercoasters — they freak me out. My favourite ride is Soarin', which has a huge screen and movies are projected round you as if you're hang gliding over the San Francisco bridge.

La Bombonera, the football stadium of the Boca Juniors in Argentina, has to be one of the most atmospheric places I've ever played a gig. It was just mental. There were 60,000 kids screaming, dancing and singing along.

Villa d'Este in Lake Como, Italy is one of my favourite places to visit with the missus, we just mess about on boats. The food is mega: pizza and spaghetti bolognese, which is out of this world. The Black Cat (Il Gatto Nero) restaurant has great views overlooking the lake.

Henley-on-Thames has a good little vibe to it — it's picturesque and there are lots of young people there. Oasis used to record round the corner so we'd go out for a beer after recording, head through Marlow and think, 'This is nice.' I've got a place in Henley by the river and every time I visit it's like being on holiday.

If I had to choose between snow or sun it would be snow. I like the cold seasons and I could never spend Christmas in a hot country. Extreme winter sports, however, are not for me. Once, someone convinced me to get on skis in Switzerland. Going downhill was a nightmare and I may have fallen over a few times. Afterwards, I couldn't walk for a month.

Carnaby Street in the 1960s is the inspiration for my clothing range Pretty Green. All the bands whose records I bought over the years — The Beatles, The Stones and the Kinks — would pick up their clothes in that part of London and mooch about there. I've tried to capture that personality and rock'n'roll vibe while at the same time offering something that feels modern and cool.

For more on Liam's clothing range Pretty Green visit prettygreen.com.

Interview: Ianthe Butt.

Posted by Ianthe Butt

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