Oasis tribute band Noasis had to roll along as they were sneaked into Britain’s tallest pub for four days, from last weekend.
But after the band finally fled with partygoers yesterday (November 29), manager Wayne Todd tells exclusively NME that the atmosphere at The Tan Hill Inn in Richmond was “amazing” Friday night as staff, fans and band got the most out of an unexpected lock-in.
The band was christened #Snowasis on Twitter after Storm Arwen left them, along with more than 60 partygoers and seven bar staff, stranded for three nights at the Tan Hill Inn in Richmond, Yorkshire Dales, after a rapid fall of more than five feet of snow.
The concert was originally sold out, but warnings of severe weather affected attendance. But despite the storm – called the worst in decades – fans still defied the elements to attend the concert, as manager Wayne Todd, who sometimes drums for the group but was not at the Tan Hill Inn, says the band is “eternally grateful” “.
He adds: “The fact that there were still more than 60 people during a snowstorm means a lot to us. We simply would not exist without our fans and supporters.”
Noasis was formed in 2006 and has had more than 1,100 live performances since then, striving to create an ecstatic atmosphere – which Wayne says was evident Friday night – at all of their shows.
He explains: “We like to think that there is a similar buzz on all our shows. The band always works hard to give the public a show we can be proud of.”
Those who stranded at the pub over the weekend were treated to that “hum” for more than just one night. Guests kept the mood high by holding pub quizzes and watching movies while Noasis went on stage for private encores.
The band, Wayne says, “remember how exciting it was to see Oasis in the early days” and through their sets and performances try to “recreate that experience for a new audience.”
He also explains that the band always stays at the Tan Hill Inn after a show, and had planned to do so before the storm took hold: “The hospitality at the venue is fantastic and they give us single rooms, a fantastic evening meal and a hearty breakfast. “
The realization that they would be more than just the usual night, as tradition believes, came only the following morning (Saturday the 27th). The band, Wayne reveals, said this was “particularly disappointing” because they had to cancel their scheduled show at the Bocking Arts Theater near Colchester, Essex, that night, and they “do not like to fail a venue for those people. who has purchased tickets. “
The band and its fans were not the only ones stranded by Storm Arwen. In Scotland, passengers traveling between Aberdeen and Inverness were stuck on board for more than 17 hours Friday night after the train could not go further than Huntly Station.
Meanwhile, thousands of people in Scotland faced a fourth night without electricity last night. Police in Scotland declared a major incident in the north-east of the country, which remains the worst hit due to the widespread disturbance.
This upheaval perhaps partly explains why the Noasis story caught the attention of the public, prompting the #Snowasis hashtag to trend over the weekend.
“When I first saw the hashtag, I thought it was very funny,” says Wayne, who explains that as a tribute band they have no problem with the new moniker as a nickname.
As for a permanent name change, Wayne says the band will stick with Noasis for the time being, adding that they “take things more seriously” when it comes to music.
When all this blows over, you can watch Noasis’ upcoming shows at http://www.noasis.co.uk/tour.html