Liam Gallagher
Down By The River Thames



When: November 2020
Where: King George V Dock; Throughout the River Thames
Vessels used: P2; Felix; Edwardian; Equity; Lima Lima I

Owing to the COVID-19 lockdown, Liam Gallagher had been unable to perform his planned traditional arena gigs during 2020. So to give fans a (socially distant!) event to remember, the live stream event Liam Gallagher – Down By The River Thames was born.

The legendary Oasis frontman took to the River Thames in typically inimitable style as he performed a string of his biggest hits, in what was the first-ever full cruising gig on the River Thames.

Here’s how we helped make it happen…



Creating the floating arena – encompassing areas for the band and all equipment required to work successfully whilst following the necessary guidelines – required a two-day build at King George V Dock.

Given its large deck space, the 565 ton P2 barge proved to be the ideal platform for the event. Once loaded with the equipment and containers, the barge totalled six metres in height. This added another layer of complexity to the passage planning for the event.

The marine coordination had to ensure the barge safely navigated the tidal Thames to reach Westminster and back again, whilst giving the helicopter filming crew as much time as possible to make the most of the stunning winter light.

With the necessary permissions for the event to go ahead successfully received, Liam and his band stepped aboard the barge at King George V Dock and set off for their historic gig – a full 90-minute set featuring Oasis classics and his biggest solo hits.

Tug Felix was used to pull the barge, whilst the luxurious Edwardian carried event crew and family members alongside. Equity and Lima Lima I were also deployed as the camera boat and safety boat respectively.

Tickets to watch the recorded Down By The River event were available to purchase, with the gig streaming as-live worldwide on Saturday 5 December 2020.

Livett’s Group Director Ed Livett commented: “We were absolutely delighted to host Liam Gallagher for this memorable day on the river. A full cruising gig was a first for both us and the River Thames, so we are delighted to say it was a huge success. It once again showed not just Livett’s versatility, but also reminded us of what incredible events can be achieved on the Thames – even during a distinctly unusual year. We very much look forward to the next Supersonic gig on the Thames!”


Thank you to Andrew Christy for sharing his images. Follow Andrew on Twitter and Flickr.


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